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Saint John Mark Church

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Jbeil / Byblos, Jbeil district

Built in the 12th and 13th centuries, in Byblos/Jbeil in the North, Saint John Mark Church (Mar Yuhanna Marcus Church) was initially dedicated to Saint John, the Baptist. A semi-circular cupola, or a small dome on a roof, was later added to the open-air baptistery that stands outside the church. During the 18th century, Emir Yousef Chehab offered it to members of Maronite Monastery, who renovated it. The church was restored a second time after being damaged by the British fleet in 1840. The bell tower was constructed in 1947.