Jubail Church

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Coordinates: 26°56′14.78″N 49°39′23.3″E / 26.9374389°N 49.656472°E / 26.9374389; 49.656472 Jubail Church is an ancient (4th-century) Nestorian church building near Jubail, Saudi Arabia, discovered in 1986. Possibly to minimize damage, the government hides it from locals and bans foreigners from openly visiting it, even archaeologists.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

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  1. ^ "Digging Up the Saudi Past: Some Would Rather Not" by Donna Abu-Nasr and Lee Keath
  2. ^ Ham, Anthony (2004). Lonely Planet: Saudi Arabia. pp. 158. ISBN 978-1-74059-667-1. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=PddTr1X7hEgC&pg=PA158&lpg=PA158&dq=jubail+church&source=bl&ots=nX3LLiNKUM&sig=_prfXrxWvKXK6Lzn-coeLlcnabY&hl=en&ei=MsecSqK6E8iZjAei4LjbDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10#v=onepage&q=jubail%20church&f=false. Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  3. ^ Recently discovered early Christian monuments in Northeastern Arabia J. A. Langfeldt - Arabian archaeology and epigraphy, 1994
  4. ^ Changing Identities in the Arabian Gulf: Archaeology, Religion, and Ethnicity in Context T. Insoll - The Archaeology of Plural and Changing Identities, 2005 - Springer "He mentions how access to the monuments was restricted, and how the church in Jubail supposedly had its impressed crosses obliterated. Besides vandalism, the presence of these Christian remains caused a debate over what exactly they signified."
  5. ^ The Nestorians in the Gulf: Just Passing Through? Recent Discoveries on the Island of Sir Bani Yas, Abu Dhabi Emirate, UAE J Elders - Archaeology of the United Arab Emirates, 2003 "There are sites along the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, at Jubail (Langfeldt 1994), and inland at Thaj and also Jebel Berri (Potts 1994). There is at least one. possibly two. church sites on Qatar."
  6. ^ A Pre-lslamic Christian site on Sir Bani Yas G R D King, P Heliyer - Tribulus, 1994 ".. Bani Yas discovery can also be related to the discovery of a church with a fine cross at Failaka, in Kuwait, in 1990 by Vincent Bernard and JF Salles. Their stucco crosses are dated to the Fifth-Sixth Centuries AD. The discovery of two churches and crosses at Al Jubail and Thaj ..."
  7. ^ Crossing the Line L Castoro - 2002 - The lost churches of the Arabian Gulf: recent discoveries on the islands of Sir Bani Yas and Marawah, Abu Dhabi emirate, United Arab Emirates J Elders - Proceedings of the Seminar for Arabian Studies, 2001 "There are two known sites along the Gulf coast of Saudi Arabia, at Jubail (Langfeldt 1994) and slightly inland at Jebel Berri (Potts 1994). There are unconfirmed but persistent reports of at least one, more probably two church sites on Qatar."

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