Rendons son toit à la cathédrale d’Alep - Syrie

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Help us finance the restoration of the structure of the Maronite cathedral in Aleppo and return to the people, afflicted by years of war, one of the jewels of the city!

Cathedral of Saint Elijah, Aleppo

The maronite cathedral of Saint Elijah is located in the district of the historical churches of Al-Jdayde, in Aleppo. Its construction dates back to 1873. The cathedral is a Syrian heritage jewel and represents an emblematic sanctuary for the city’s Christian community. It is one of the most beautiful and ancient cathedrals of Aleppo (to give an idea, the cathedral’s clock is locally equivalent to the bells of Notre-Dame de Paris). 

Unfortunately, the war in Syria badly damaged the cathedral. Its roof collapsed under a shell shower in August 2012 and the interior was ravaged in 2015 by bombings. Today, the population wants to revive the cathedral.

Le toit s'est complètement effondré. Décembre 2016

December 2016.

Project Presentation

Offer a roof to this cathedral, one of Aleppo’s heritage jewel !

Abp. Joseph Tobji, bishop of the cathedral of Saint Elijah carries out this project. Our Country Director for Syria, Vincent Gelot, coordinated the project.

The framework of the cathedral is ready to be delivered since late November, Abp. Joseph Tobji wishes the delivery to happen in May, once the interior and exterior cleaning work is done.

The framework is designed by the company Rubner and is made of wood. Local workers will handle the work under the direction of the architect and the specialist.

Three to four containers are needed to transport it with all the necessary tools.

Mgr Joseph Tobji

What will the fundraising be used for?

The Rubner company plans ten days of installation and charges 1000 € a day. The 10,000 euros fundraising will be used to finance the 10 days of installation of the wooden framework.

With 5,000 euros, you allow half of the work to be done.

With 10,000 euros, you can finance the entire installation.

If the fundraising goal is exceeded... the additional funds will be allocated to the rest of the work!

  • - Restoration of the exterior iron doors
  • - Restoration of wooden doors and windows with double glazing
  • - Electrical system, heating, benches, woodwork restoration, sound.
  • - Manufacture and installation of three stained glass windows identical to the previous ones.
  • - Restoration of the organ


About us

L’Œuvre d’Orient

French charity supporting - Eastern Christians communities

For more than 160 years, l’Œuvre d’Orient has dedicated its work to Eastern Christians in 23 countries in the Middle East, the Horn of Africa, Eastern Europe and India

Both in times of war and peace, it supports the action of patriarchs, bishops, priests and religious congregations who intervene with all populations, regardless of their religion.

The association benefits from the label Don en Confiance: respecting the donor, transparency, efficiency, probity and disinterest. Our Country Director for Syria, Vincent Gelot, will be the intermediary with the headquarters of l’Œuvre d’Orient in Paris and the Rubner company. He travels regularly to Aleppo to coordinate the project. 

The old roof of the Cathedral

How can you help us?

You can support this project :

  • - by making an online donation by credit card on this page after registration on Dartagnans’ website
  • - by making a bank transfer after registration on Dartagnans’ website
  • - by sending a check, on the back of which you will include your e-mail address, worded in the following order "L'OEuvre d'Orient", sent to the following address:


Campagne Cathédrale d'Alep 

15 rue de Milan 

75009 PARIS

Thank you to all our donors ! 

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