Church of St Peter (Dar El Kous)

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This is a 4thC church tucked away in the residential area of El Kef. It was being restored when we visited in March 2012 although there did seem to be a lot of sitting and not much work being done. Our arrival was a good excuse to down tools and watch us.

It is easy to miss as it is unsigned and the frontage on the street is very plain. Wooden doors lead into a roofed porch area with the walls of the church beyond which still stand to nearly their full height. Look up at the lintels. Some of them are beautifully carved.

The walls are made up of rows of massive blocks which supported the arched roof with smaller blocks between them. At the east end is a beautiful brick arched apse. There are the remains of pillar bases lying around and the remains of a large carved tombstone.

Doors lead to the outside of the south wall. Above the doorway was a carved cross with palm tree and dates. The outside walls are made of huge stone blocks with plain borders and stippled inside.

This was a delightful place and worth finding.

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