This monastery holds the remains of St. Taqla (Thecla), daughter of one of a Seleucid prince and pupil of St. Paul, and further purported to be both Paul's disciple and wife. According to legend, in the 1st century C.E, St. Taqla was being pursued by soldiers of her father to capture her because of her Christian faith. She came upon a mountain, and after praying, the mountain split open and let her escape through. The town gets its name from this gap or entrance in the mountain. However, there are many variations to this story among the residents of Ma`loula.