Newly discovered wall paintings at Deir al-Surian. Photo: Deir al-Surian Conservation Project via Al-Ahram Weekly
A new set of wall paintings has been discovered on the south wall of the nave at Deir al-Surian. The paintings commemorate the death of Mar Marqari of Takrit, an abbot of the monastery who died in 888. The first painting depicts St. Macarius with his cherubim and a reference to a story from the life of Macarius of Alexandria. The second shows two saints on horseback.