Rank: Top 1000
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
Best of: Village
Ma'loula, Maaloula, or Ma'lula is built into the rugged mountainside, at an altitude of more than 1500 m. As the last remaining places where Western Neo-Aramaic is still spoken, the three villages represent an important source for anthropological linguistic studies regarding first century Western Aramaic. According to scholarly consensus, the language of Jesus was also a Western Aramaic dialect; more specifically the Galilean variety of Jewish Palestinian Aramaic.
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