St. Elias Greek Catholic Cathedral

The first Armenian Catholic cathedral in Beirut, construction of St Elias Cathedral began under the Armenian Catholic Archbishop in 1860 and is noted for its Byzantine architecture and beautiful oriental decoration. The cathedral is well known for its neo-classical interior, its marble iconostasis, Gothic arches, and the celestial oculi.


It was severely damaged during the Civil War, due to its location directly along the Green Line. The Archbishopric took control of it in the early 1990s and began restoration work. The church was destroyed several times in history, most notably when it was torn down to be expanded in 1901 and for the construction of the Saints' Convent in 1950.

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