This is St. Takla's convent. I love how it is nestled safely in the mountain. Reminds me of verses in the Bible discussing our being sheltered safely in God's hands or finding protection under His wing. We wanted to visit this place and one of the routes was
a mile-long hike through this gap! I loved it! It's like going hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains only it's a rocky path instead of a trail with trees and grass, weeds and roots.
We went under this bridge and walked the rocky path to the convent
Come on, guys! Time's a'wastin'!
OK, here they come finally
I found a little girl walking through the gap by herself
We stopped along the way to pose for pictures
A ceiling picture from within the gap .. cool, huh?
This guy, Tony, said a prayer for us in Aramaic. He was like the keeper of the gap. Samer got his prayer on video. We were detained by him for a while.
Pictures from Maaloula, Syria