Maaloula Tartus: the Crusaders Citadel-City

Maaloula is a village of 5000 inhabitants perched on top of a 165 metre hill, where a dialect of Aramean is still spoken today and attracts linguists in old semantic languages from across the world . The village is characterized by its exceptional natural site with numerous caves and shelters in the rock, which testifies of a persistent occupation throughout history, including during the ages of Christian persecution.

  • Damages, looting and vandalism have been reported at the Monastery of Saint Takla, the church of Saint John the Baptist , the monastery of Saint Sergius and Bacchus and the Saint Leontius Church.
  • Damages have also been reported in the old town.
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