A stylite is a type of Christian ascetic who lives on pillars, preaching, fasting and praying. Stylites were common in the early days of the Byzantine Empire.

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Ancient villages of Northern Syria Church of Saint Simeon Stylites
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Xanthos-Letoon "The space inside the tomb was later occupied by an early Christian hermit. Fellows noted that the backs of the reliefs still bore the remains of the hermit's religious paintings and monograms. Fellows speculates that this man was a disciple of Simeon Stylites (390–459 AD), one of the eponymously named Christian ascetics known as stylites, who lived on the top of tall columns." (Wiki on Harpy Tomb), "... becoming a bastion of Christianity where strange Byzantine ascetics known as ‘pillar-saints’ moved into the old pagan tombs." (see link)


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