Saint Porphyrius Church, built in 1150, is destroyed by an Israeli strike during ongoing conflict

The Church of St. Porphyrius in Gaza City is Gaza’s oldest active church, built in the year 1150. On October 20, St. Porphyrius Church was struck by Israeli artillery, killing 18 people and injuring 20 more.

The church’s architecture was defined by its low-lying rectangular shape and half-domed roof. Its exterior was faced with marble and granite. Inside, the ornate ceiling depicted religious imagery and figures that have been painted on. It was renovated in 1856.

As reported by The Washington Post, the blast was confirmed by Maher Ayyad, a 72-year-old medical director at Gaza’s al-Ahli Hospital where 471 Palestinians were killed and 300

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