Getting to know: The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites #INTEGRA

As part of the project # INTEGRA today we are presenting The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites.
The Church of Saint Simeon Stylites is a building that can be traced back to the 5th century, located approximately 30 kilometres northwestern part of Aleppo, Syria. It is one of the oldest surviving church complexes. It was constructed on the site of the pillar of Saint Simeon Stylites, a renowned recluse monk. The church is popularly known as either Qalaat Semaan (the ‘Fortress of Simeon’) or Deir Semaan ( the ‘Monastery of Simeon’).
Saint Simeon was born in 386 AD in the Amanus mountains village. He lived in a monastery in this village at an early age, however, later on, he opted to transform into a religious solo hermit monk. Saint Simeon then resolved that he would not live in a cave, but instead, he would move to the top of a pillar that was approximately 12–18 meters high and estimated to be 2 meters in diameter to get closer to God. Significant multitude would soon be attracted by the preaching of Saint Simeon that was offered twice a day. Saint Simeon stayed on top of the pillar for about 37 years and later died in 459 AD. His remains were majestically escorted to Antioch by seven bishops, numerous soldiers and a crowd of his devoted disciples.