Beirut: The Explosion Stopped at the Iconostasis
At least the altar in St Dimitrios Greek Orthodox Church in Achrafieh, less than a kilometre away from the Beirut explosion, survived unharmed, Father Youil Nassif told media.
After the explosion, Nassif rushed to his church to check for damage: the nave was in ruins, windows were broken, the pews damaged.
However, the altar space behind the iconostasis was almost unscathed including the chalice, the book, relics and even an oil lamp which the explosion was not able to extinguish.
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