The shot I took from “back” from the road leading to Marmarita. Located just before Marmarita is the Deir Mar Jurjus, St. George’s monastery. This area is called Valley of the Christians, and has been a center for the Greek Orthodox sect since the beginning of Christianity. St. George’s convent/monastery was built by hermits in the late 5th century AD (although some say in the 6th century AD under the Emperor Justinian. However, parts of the convent were built in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries.