THE ORTHODOX convent of Our Lady of Saydnaya sits four-square on a
hilltop an hour’s drive from Damascus. The convent dominates the town of
Saydnaya, inhabited by Christians known for piety.
carrying a Lebanese television team, four European journalists and two
young men from the ministry of information, winds its way up the narrow
paved road to the convent and parks at the back. There, we can see where
a mortar punched a large hole in the pinkish-beige stone wall near the
roof of the 19th-century building. The wound has already been closed
with stones and mortar.
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