Ma’loula is a small town located 56 km to the northeast of Damascus and is built into the rugged mountains at an altitude of more than 1500 meters. It is one of the three remaining villages were its inhabitants speak the Aramaic language which is the last surviving dialect that was spoken by Jesus Christ. The word Ma’loula which is derived from the Aramaic language, meaning “Entrance” in english, has one of the oldest surviving monastries in Syria that was built on a pagan site in the 6th century of the Byzantine period.

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