The Patriarchate has been shifted many times in the past,
AD 37:St.Peter establishes church in Antioch
AD325:Ptriarchate of Antioch established in the Synod of Nicaea
AD 518:Shifted to many monasteries in Mesopotamia in early centuries.
13 th Century: Deir al-Za`faran, near Mardin.
AD 1933:Deir al-Za`faran to Homs
AD1959:Homs to Damascus
Antioch and Mardin are in Turkey, NOT Syria.
Importance of Jerusalem has not vanished despite Christians being a minority there.
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