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    Cradle of Christianity With its claim to have more mosques per person than any other city in the world, Aleppo isn t an obvious destination for tourists
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      Cradle of Christianity

      With its claim to have more mosques per person than any other city in the world, Aleppo isn't an obvious destination for tourists interested in Christian culture. But for centuries the city and the surrounding countryside have been a key area for Christianity, something that remains true today.

      While Aleppo's proportion of Christian residents has shrunk as the Muslim population grows, it still hosts 12 different sects, making it the most diverse Christian community in the Middle East. Beirut may have more Christians in absolute terms, but it cannot match the baffling mosaic found in Syria's second largest city: six Catholic sects, three Orthodox, two Protestant and one Nestorian.

      People may instinctively think of Jerusalem when they talk of Christianity, but Aleppo is one of our most important places,” Boutros Marayati, head of the city's Armenian Catholic Church, said. Christianity's roots are deep here, the city has nurtured the Christians, it has sheltered us when we needed shelter. If you look at the churches, the monasteries, the holy sites, they are not just stones. They are part of Christianity and Aleppo is where Christianity was cradled.

      To read more:- http://www.syria-today.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610:cradle-of-christianity&catid=76:focus&Itemid=49
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