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Maaloula

Maaloula, with two other nearby towns, are the only places where the western dialect of Aramic is spoken.


It is a mainly Christian town (Melkite) located 56 km north-east of Damascus. It was built into the rugged mountainside, at an altitude of more than 1500 meters. In 2005 population of the town was 2,000.


There are two important monasteries in Maaloula: Mar Sarkis and Mar Taqla. First one was built in the 4th century on the remains of a pagan temple, designed on the model of martyries which have a simple and plain appearance.


It was named after St. Sarkis (St. Sergius), a Roman soldier who was executed for his Christian beliefs.

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