The Church was built in one of the oldest quarters in the Old City of Gaza, Al-Zaytoun (Olive) Quarter, where a Mosque was built next to it, embracing one another.
The original construction of the Church of Saint Porphyrius dates back to 425 CE, however the modern construction was undertaken by the Crusaders in the 1150s or 1160s and they dedicated it St. Porphyrius who was Gaza’s Bishop from 395 to 420.
Nine-year old Dalia Khalifa was in the living room of her family home in the Zaytoun district of the besieged Gaza Strip when an Israeli strike hit their house during last summer’s Operation Protective Edge.
A photo of nine year old Dalia Khalifa by photographer Mohamad Asad was chosen by OCHA as the Grand Jury winner in a photography competition
دَاليا خَليفة : صاحبة التسعة أعوام, أصيبت في قصف إسرائيلي على منزلها خلال الحرب الأخيرة على قطاع غزة.