Middle East | Syria – A Desert Monastery and a village

Middle East | Syria – A Desert Monastery and a village

I am back in damascus after spending some very calm days in the monastery I mentioned. The monastery was called Dar Mar Musa, and was very old except was ruined until 20 years ago when an italisn monk found it, restored it and it became a living monastery again. I stayed there 5 days with my friend sam…They do not ask for money or anything, one just helps in the kitchen or with other chores, they have delicious food, caves and paths to walk about, situated on a high mountain overlooking vast syrian desert plains. Of course it was very hot, and it was pleasant to sit in the shade talking to the interesting people who were visiting there as well. And the church servcies were very interesting, in arabic, and they had a 1 hour silent meditation with flute or violin afterwards. They have a library with books from herbew to french to syrianni (language close to aramaic).The monastery is peaceful and friendly, it felt like home and i was very reluctant to leave.
After the monastery, we voyafed to a town where they speak aramaic, it was too touristy, so we went to another town where they speak syrianni, a language very similiar to hebrew, for example, hello is shalom loch, whereas in hebrew it is shalom aleichem…There in the town, we stayed with a nice family we met high on the hill, with a view of the entire town and desert valley , we spent time drinking tea and speaking with them, ate good food and wandered the old alleys of this forgotten syrian village…

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