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Sunday, September 4, 2011

World Portraits: Escape

Maalula Village, Syria—According to legend, Saint Tekla was stalked by an unforgiving, scorned fiancé who tried repeatedly to kill her for her religious beliefs. Eventually she sought refuge in a grotto in the cliff around the bend where a convent -- now named in her honor -- was built. She used this escape route to move freely between the convent and her new safe haven.