Remains of the church of St. Simon
The Church of St. Simeon is located about 350 m to the south of the three-aisled basilica and early medieval settlement Guran. It is positioned at the crossroads of three old roads bordered with a dry wall, one of them leads to the settlement. It is a Romanesque church, with a plain rear wall that has three built-in apses. The presbytery zone is divided from the nave by a continuous altar screen. The walls are preserved up to a height of 2 – 3 m. There is a narrow extension correlated with a privileged burial on the southern side of the church. During the second building phase, the church was transformed into a three-nave building. It had a burial function and the graves were found by the southern side, behind the rear and by the northern wall. The trapezoidal space in front of the church had a funeral function and was bordered with drywall. According to the ceramic fragments and coins found and dated to the 4th century, the church had two earlier building phases, prior to the final structure.
“Heavenly Father, you called Saint Simon Stock to serve you in the brotherhood of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Through his prayers, help us, like him, to live in your presence, and to work for the salvation of the human family.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”