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The monastery of Simeon Stylites the Younger

Some 15 kilometres or so from Antakya lie the remains of a monastery, the Monastery of St. Simeon (Aziz Simon manastırı). The Wikipedia states: "Saint Simeon Stylites the Younger [also known as 'St. Simeon of the Admirable Mountain'] (Arabic: ‎مار سمعان العمودي الأصغر mār semʻān l-ʻamūdī l-asghar) (521 May 24, 597) is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and Catholic Churches of Eastern and Latin Rites. Born at Antioch, his father was a native of Edessa, his mother, named Martha was afterwards revered as a saint and a life of her, which incorporates a letter to her son written from his pillar to Thomas, the guardian of the true cross at Jerusalem, has been printed. [...] Like his namesake, the first Stylites, Simeon seems to have been drawn very young to a life of austerity. He attached himself to a community of ascetics living within the mandra or enclosure of another pillar-hermit, named John, who acted as their spiritual director. Simeon while still only a boy had a pillar erected for himself close to that of John. "[...] and "Towards the close of his life the saint occupied a column upon a mountain-side near Antioch called from his miracles the "Hill of Wonders", and it was here that he died. " These pictures show that spot, I was told restoration will change the spot considerably, on the other hand the wind park with its turbines will remain for quite a while. I have (nicer) pictures of the church at the spot of the original St. Simeon in Syria also.
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