Yahya ibn Sa'id

Annals, 938-1034 AD

The destruction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ordered by Hakim, Caliph of Cairo, in 1009 is reported in the “Annals” of the Christian doctor and historian Yahya ibn Sa'id of Antioch, composed in the 11th century.


“They seized all the furnishings they found in the church and completely destroyed it, leaving only those things whose destruction would have been too difficult. They also destroyed Calvary and the church of St. Constantine and all that was located within its confines, and they tried to destroy the sacred remains. This destruction began on Tuesday the fifth day before the end of the month of Safar in the year 400 of the Hegira.”