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Only 60 km from Damascus, Ma'aloula fascinates its visitors by its charm, but also thanks to the importance of the site in the history of Syrian Christians. The houses of Ma'aloula are painted in merry blue and violet pastel shades and the village joins closely the slopes of the Anti-Lebanon. Through the famous Thekla Gorge one reaches very old caves dating back from early Christian days.

The inhabitants of Malaula still speak a dialect of the Aramaic language, Christ's mother-tongue. There are also the St. Thekla monastery and remains of the  historic St. Sergius monastery with Syria's oldest church. Many legends are told about the Thekla Gorge as well as about the monastery. Above the monastery, a small fountain ripples out of the rook; they say that the fountain is fed by Thekla's tears she shed over the children and men of the village killed because of her. This fountain is supposed to have magic effects.

In the St. Sergius monastery, you can listen to the "Pater noster" in Aramaic language and taste the wine of Maaloula which a monk offers visitors in the souvenir shop.  

 

   
 

 

 

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