- an ancient city in NW Mesopotamia, on the modern site of Urfa: an early center of Christianity; the capital of a principality under the Crusaders.
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The most famous ones are the Mandylion of Edessa, the Veronica and the Shroud of Turin.Self-portraits with Buzz
June 28, 2012
There was no necessity for him to answer in person, as in the case of Abgarus, king of Edessa.David Elginbrod
It is not important to trace the vicissitudes of the building of Edessa any further.
It bears the name of Abgarus, the name of several of the kings of Edessa.
The archbishop of Edessa and his clergy and many other Christians have been killed there.A Source Book for Mediaeval History
Oliver J. Thatcher
He then achieved the triumph of his life by the capture of Edessa.The Law of Civilization and Decay
- an ancient city on the N edge of the Syrian plateau, founded as a Macedonian colony by Seleucus I: a centre of early ChristianityModern name: Urfa
- a market town in Greece: ancient capital of Macedonia. Pop (municipality): 25 729 (2001)Ancient name: Aegae (ˈiːɡiː) Modern Greek name: Édhessa
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