SAINTS OF MT. IZLA:
Mt. Izla is not really a mountain at all. It is a 48 mile long ridge running west to east with a high hilly plateau on its northern flank and a low, flat Syrian plain on its south side. Today it is located along the Turkish/Syrian border. During Roman/Persian times it was like a spiny finger that poked its way into the Persian frontier. Two towns anchored each end of the ridge. On the West End was Dara, a Roman fortification, and on the East End was Serwan (Sisaranon) where the Castle of Turabdin was situated. For 1500 years this ridge was populated by monks. Tiny agricultural villages sat at the base of the ridge below many of the monasteries in reverential support.
What Mt. Athos is to the Byzantine world, Mt. Izla is to the Mesopotamian Christian world. Today all the monasteries but one sit in ruins on the holy ridge.Two monks and a nun fiercely hold onto the memories and traditions of the Syriac Orthodox world of monasticism. The monastery of Mor Melke occupies a low ridge below the high peaks of Mt. Izla on the northern side.
To understand more about Saints of Mt. Izla and Egyptian Forms of Monasticism and their Influences on Syriac Christianity
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