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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Video - Christian town Maalula, how much of it will Obama Backed Syrian Rebels destroy?

This is a village where Aramaic "the language of Jesus" that was prevalent in his time throughout the Middle East continues to be spoken by the people in a local dialect which attracts many linguists language ancient Semitic. This is precisely the Aramaic remained alive in Maaloula, who made famous the small Syrian village. Outside Maaloula, it is used in two other nearby villages and Bakhaa Joubadine. In all some 1,800 souls speak the dialect but did not write. A Maaloula mass is still given in the language of Christ especially in the monastery church of St. Sergius.

Maaloula is distinguished by its exceptional natural mountain where we noted a large number of caves and shelter rock- old and showing a continuous occupation from prehistory to the present day, which created in memory collective many legends and beliefs. This site refuge first time, he was also the time when Christianity lived persecution. St. Thecla, converted through the choice of St. Paul, persecuted by his own parents, was among the first Christian martyrs who found refuge and where the Greek Orthodox Community was later built a monastery in his memory. The convent of Santa Tecla although much restored now occupies the same cliff next to a rock shelter ceiling which flows a source close to the mausoleum of the Holy Martyr. A chapel, a cloister and other addictions today a homogeneous and well integrated into the natural landscape together.

The Convent of St. Sergius and the church which is adjoining were built in the early fourth century in honor of the Holy Martyrs Sergius and Bacchus, both of Syrian origin martyred under the Emperor Maximian in 297 to Russafa . Convent and church had to be built in the period between 313 (date of publication of the Edict of Milan which granted religious freedom to the citizens of the Roman Worse) and 325 (date of the convening of the Council I. Creed). It would be at this time that Christians living in the surrounding caves, had demolished the pagan temple to build on its location Convent and St. Sergius Church. But nothing seems ancient past remain today. Even the so-called Greek Catholic Church rite belong to this time probably keeps in its walls and foundations some reminiscences (can also be wooden beams and a door). But his plan is three naves ending with three apses and three bays, the central reserve crossing a square surmounted by a dome niches angles, remains enigmatic.

This does not detract from the value of this religious building whose walls were once richly decorated with frescoes and now maintains a rich collection of icons, some of which date back to the thirteenth century. In the same village there are two other churches, one of which showed a mosaic dating from the fourth century AD.Source: Unesco.

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