Napoleon’s Donation to Armenian St. Nicholas Church in Jaffa

In 1799 when Napoleon invaded Palestine, the Armenian St. Nicholas Church in Jaffa functioned as a hospital for French soldiers. The soldiers had fallen ill with plague during the siege of Jaffa. Napoleon showed his gratitude toward the monks of St. Nicholas by donating to them half a dozen chasubles, vestments worn by the Western churches. These were reputedly made from Napoleon’s tent. They were sent from Jaffa to the St. James Monastery treasury in Jerusalem.

In 1799 when Napoleon invaded Palestine, the Armenian St. Nicholas Church in Jaffa functioned as a hospital for French soldiers. The soldiers had fallen ill with plague during the siege of Jaffa. Napoleon showed his gratitude toward the monks of St. Nicholas by donating to them half a dozen chasubles, vestments worn by the Western churches. These were reputedly made from Napoleon’s tent. They were sent from Jaffa to the St. James Monastery treasury in Jerusalem.

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