Alqosh monastery bombed?

This link, written in 2004, describes damage to the Christian churches at Kurdish hands in Iraq.  It mentions “Rabban Hormizd, the ancient stone monastery outside Alqosh on the Nineveh plain which was bombed so severely that many of its magnificent epigraphic memorials, dating from a hundred centuries ago, have been shattered. These memorials were some of the most precious classical Syriac stone carvings in the world. They lie in a makeshift museum in Alqosh in desperate need of restoration.” Addai Scher catalogued the books at this monastery, also known as Notre-Dame des Semences.  Some at least of these were taken to Baghdad, to the Chaldean Patriarchate (since bombed by the insurgents).  Those are apparently safe.  It all highlights the need to photograph manuscripts urgently; no-one in 1950 would have expected that we would be losing manuscripts like this in 2006!

2 Responses to “Alqosh monastery bombed?”


  1. Norah Mengis

    Dear Sir or Madame,
    I am very interested in knowing what has happened to the manuscripts and Syriac carvings since 2006. Could you please send me information.
    Thank you in advance.

  2. Roger Pearse

    Sadly I have no further information on this.