Some 5 kilometers (3 miles) west of Jenin, in the northern West Bank, lies the village of Burqin. St. George Church, locally known as the Church of the Ten Lepers, is nestled on the town’s mountainside. It is built over the cave where Jesus is said to have miraculously healed 10 lepers, giving it its name.
The Burqin church is distinguished by its patriarch’s sedilia (chair), built of stones and dating back more than 1,500 years. It is one of the only two sedilias in the world, the other is located in the Church of John the Baptist in Syria, where a crucifix sits on top of the stone structure and a picture of Christ in the center. St. George Church’s baptismal font also dates back to the Byzantine era and is some 900 years old.