A short walk in Syria (Sunday Telegraph)

My latest feature, published in the Sunday Telegraph, about walking in Syria.

Dier Mar Musa, Syria © Gail Simmons

“Clinging to the mountainside high above the desert, and seemingly part of the rock, Deir Mar Musa is only visible when you stumble upon it. We ducked through the tiny entrance and found ourselves in a building created by a sixth-century Abyssinian hermit. The current monastic church dates mostly from the 11th and 12th centuries, and is embellished with the most glorious frescoes. Walking inside, my eyes adjusting to the gloom, was like entering an Italian church except for the Syriac inscriptions and plush Oriental carpets and cushions around the painted Apostles.”

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