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This Greek Orthodox Church, built in the 17th century, is located on the southern-western side of the old city of Acre. It is named after St. George of the city Lod. The church was built in the remains of a Crusader church. St George was born and lived in the 3rd C AD in the Holy Land city of Lod (Lydda), a city south of Ben-Gurion airport. Map.
George, an early Christian, served as a Roman tribune and died in 303. His coffin is located in St. George church (in Lod; has the same name), where according to a 6th C tradition his remains are located. He is regarded as a martyr, a great Holy warrior saint, and is illustrated in the stone relief in Acre and in Lod as a “dragon slayer”.
The Lod basilica was dedicated to St George in the Byzantine times, and later other churches were named after the great Martyr. The present church was built over a Crusaders level, where a Crusaders church may have been located, as implied by maps from that period. That church, located in the Genoa section, was probably destroyed at the end of the 13th C after the Mamlukes destroyed the city. The church was in ruins for 400 years, and rebuilt in the 17th century.
Donations are very much welcome, because this church needs loads of money for its maintenance.