An elderly man walks through a cut in the rocks beside St. Thecla Monastery. The local legend is that the mountain opened miraculously to protect a Thecla, a young noble virgin christian, from her persuers.
Ma’aloula is a village built into the side of a mountain is historically Christian and with many churches, monasteries and convents. It is also one of the last Aramaic speaking communities in the world. It has not had any sectarian or revolutionary violence though there have been incidences of small groups trying to incite protests and calls to religious fighting. The muslim and christian communities have been working together to try and keep calm though.