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Annunciation of Greek Orthodox Church

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Monnot, Beirut district

Dating back to the early 19th century, this church was first located in the center of the old Beirut, Southeast of St. George's Church of the Maronites to the Turkish Hammam. At the beginning of the second decade of the 20th century, the government took the land and demolished the church to expand the road Maarad in the downtown Etoile area. The present church was officially opened in 1927 and is one of the largest Orthodox churches of old Beirut. This church is one of the few churches that still retain an ancient marble baptismal font decorated with carvings made by hand. It contains Russian icons of beauty and perfection mounted on existing iconostasis. An iconostasis is a partition or screen on which icons are placed, separating the sanctuary from the main part of the church. The iconostasis is a delicately carved white marble decorated with drawings and colored marbles along with seashells; thus, constituting a true artistic masterpiece.