US-backed SDF militia kidnaps 50 citizens in Raqqa

US-backed SDF militia kidnaps 50 citizens in Raqqa

RAQQA, Jan.27, (ST)- The US-backed “ Syrian...

Belarusian PM: “We are very interested in the situation in Syria”

Belarusian PM: “We are very interested in the situation in Syria”

MINSK, Jan.27, (ST)- Belarus’s Prime Minister...

Dahr Safra … A site that combines nature and religious tourism

Dahr Safra … A site that combines nature and religious tourism

Mountains and valleys have come together with...

New one day-settlement process launched in Daraa

New one day-settlement process launched in Daraa

Concerned authorities on Thursday opened a...

Dozens join the settlement process in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

Dozens join the settlement process in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, (ST) - The settlement...

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday

Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday

OCCUPIED Al-QUDS, Jan.26, (ST)- Dozens of...

  • US-backed SDF militia kidnaps 50 citizens in Raqqa

    US-backed SDF militia kidnaps 50 citizens in...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:16
  • Chinese Envoy: “we must respect the Syrian government's leadership in fighting terrorism”

    Chinese Envoy: “we must respect the Syrian...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:08
  • Belarusian PM: “We are very interested in the situation in Syria”

    Belarusian PM: “We are very interested in the...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:04
  • Syria calls on international community to take serious steps to ensure “Israel”’s accession to NPT

    Syria calls on international community to take...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 18:26
  • Syrian Military Public Prosecution: There is no legal justification for the US presence in Syria

    Syrian Military Public Prosecution: There is no...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 17:30
  • Dahr Safra … A site that combines nature and religious tourism

    Dahr Safra … A site that combines nature and...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 14:19
  • Israeli occupation detains tens of Palestinians, including ex-prisoners, in different West Bank areas

    Israeli occupation detains tens of...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 12:57
  • Syria-Belarus hold talks on cooperation to secure Syrian markets' need of medicine

    Syria-Belarus hold talks on cooperation to...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 12:26
  • Relentless efforts exerted to shelter and assist the families displaced from Hasakah southern neighborhoods

    Relentless efforts exerted to shelter and...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 11:51
  • New one day-settlement process launched in Daraa

    New one day-settlement process launched in Daraa

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 11:48
  • Russia calls for holding a Security Council session to discuss ISIS attacks in the northeast of Syria

    Russia calls for holding a Security Council...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 10:03
  • Iran: Current suffering of the Syrian people caused by occupation, aggression and western coercive measures

    Iran: Current suffering of the Syrian people...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 09:37
  • Recent events in Hasakah an attempt by Washington to reactivate ISIS and justify its stay in Syria: Sabbagh

    Recent events in Hasakah an attempt by...

    Thursday, 27 January 2022 09:07
  • Dozens join the settlement process in Raqqa and Deir Ezzor

    Dozens join the settlement process in Raqqa and...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 17:51
  • Al-Qadri: Economic blockade and sanctions are a Western means to impede development in Arab countries

    Al-Qadri: Economic blockade and sanctions are a...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 17:33
  • Miqati expresses his thanks to Syria and Jordan for their cooperation in supplying Lebanon with electricity

    Miqati expresses his thanks to Syria and Jordan...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 17:27
  • Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed into Al-Aqsa Mosque on Wednesday

    Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed into Al-Aqsa...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 15:40
  • Source at Foreign Ministry: Syria will never allow EU council to intervene in its affairs

    Source at Foreign Ministry: Syria will never...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 15:32
  • Argentina’s President receives credentials of Syria’s new ambassador to Argentina

    Argentina’s President receives credentials of...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 14:43
  • Diplomat: Indian-Syrian relation to witness great developments in the coming months

    Diplomat: Indian-Syrian relation to witness...

    Wednesday, 26 January 2022 14:40

Economy & Aftermath

Syria, Lebanon and Jordan sign electric linkage deal to ease power shortages in Lebanon

Syria, Lebanon and Jordan sign electric …

Syria, Lebanon and Jordan on Wednesday signed an agreement through which Jordan will supply Lebanon with electricity through Syria with the aim of easing power shortages ...

Investigative Reporting

Mohamed Hassan Qatana Minister of Agriculture Discusses Agrarian Plan for Syria

Mohamed Hassan Qatana Minister of Agricu…

Al Wahda Establishment held a dialogue session with Minister of Agriculture, Mohamed Hassan Qatana who talked about the livestock sector  which has been damaged. He said ...

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President Aksyonov: Crimea plans to launch flights to Syria

President Aksyonov: Crimea plans to laun…

 President of Crimea Sergey Aksyonov has announced that his country will launch flights to Syria through Armenia and the Russian province of Kuban. Crimea is to inaugurate flights to Syria through the cities of Sochi, Anapa and Yerevan, Aksyonov told Sputnik News Agency on Tuesday, noting the current coordination for this purpose. During his meeting on Monday with a Syrian economic delegation, Aksyonov stressed his...

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Cultural centers in prisons enhance rehabilitating  and reintegrating inmates into society

Cultural centers in prisons enhance reha…

The cultural centers promote self-examination and self-esteem of prisoners through participation in visual arts classes, exhibitions and publications and bring the talent and creativity of the prison population to the community at large. The cultural centers are a vital tool in aiding inmates to use their sentenced time constructively by provoking them to develop their self-discipline, self-esteem, work ethic, and interpersonal and communication...

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Efforts continue to help displaced families from Hasakah

Efforts continue to help displaced famil…

HASAKAH, Jan.25, (ST)-The Directorate of Social Affairs and Labor, in cooperation with the local relief agencies, have continued providing aid to the families, who have left their homes in the southern area in Hasakah city and moved to the city center as a result of the ongoing strikes being carried out by the US occupation jets and the “Syrian Democratic Forces”  militia on the surrounding area  of the “Al-Senaa” Prison in  Ghwiran neighborhood....

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Israeli settlement expansion scheme in occupied Syrian Golan escalates tension in the region: Grospic

Israeli settlement expansion scheme in o…

The Golan is an integral part of Syria and its occupation by Israel as well as the newly announced Israeli plan to build more settlements in this area are a  blatant violation of the international law and a clear example of the imperialist policy towards the Syrian people, Stanislav Grospic, Head of  the Czech-Moravian Trade Union Confederation, has stressed. In a statement to SANA correspondent in Prague, Grospic c...

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 Now it is used as a museum of folklore . -Al Madrasa(school) Al Adelia: Just north of the Umayyad Mosque, built by Seifeddin Abi Bakr Mohammad, during the Ayyubid period 1215Ad. In 1919 it accommodated the first archeological museum in Syria (now the National Museum ), then it hosted the first board of Arabic scientists which included the best Arab and foreign intellectuals as a first board in kind, an example to be followed by the Iraqis who founded a board of scientists in Baghdad and by the Egyptians who founded the Arabic Language Board in Cairo. These boards participated in spreading Arab civilization and thought, especially that related to Arabic . - Al Madrasa Al Zaheria : Just opposite al Madrasa al Adeliya, it was built during the reign of the Memlouk king al Zaher Baibars 1277 AD. In 1879 it was changed into a public library which included thousands of titles of books, documents, and historical manuscripts . - Al Madrasa Al Jaqmaqeya: North of the Umayyad Mosque. It was renewed by Seifeddin Jaqmaq, 1421, after being burnt during the invasion of Tamerlain 1400 AD. Now it is used as a Museum of Arabic Epigraphy . - Maristan Al Nouri: in al Hariqua. Built by Sultan Noureddin Zanki, known as Noureddin the Martyre 1154 AD, as a medicine school and a hospital. The institute graduated the most prominent physicians of that time. Now it is the Museum Of Arab Medicine And Sciences . It is worthy to mention that Arabs were the first who built public hospitals during the reign of the Umayyad Dynasty. Hospitals became known in Europe centuries later. –

The Straight Street: (Via Recta) is one of the longest and most famous streets in old Damascus. It extended for 1500 m inside the walls of the city from Bab al Jabiyeh to Bab Sharqui It was 20-25 m wide. The street is historically important for the following reasons : - First it represented the first circulation- First it represented the first circulation system in the world. The street was used by horsemen and animals (heavy traffic), while the two narrower side lanes were used by pedestrians as one way lanes of opposite directions. - Second: St. Paul crossed this street on his way to meet St. Ananias as was ordered by the revelation of Jesus Christ . - Third: When Arab Moslems entered Damascus in 635, commanders of the two Moslem armies met in the middle of the street and signed the protocol of the safety of the people of Damascus . The Markets (Souks) - Souk Al Hamidiye :This souk with its two hundred fifty shops, is as famous as the other historical monuments of old Damascus. It is located at the shoulder of Damascus citadel, 600 m long and  20 m wide. It was built in two stages The first one 1780 from al Nasr street to al Asrounieh Bazaar. The eastern part was built in 1884 from al Asrounieh to Bab al Breed. In the late years of the 18th. century it was covered with a tin roof to protect it from fire and from adverse weather .

Visitors to the souk in sunny days can see rays of the sun penetrating hundreds of bullet holes in the roof, witnesses of the fierce fighting during the 1925-27 revolution . In the souk, shops sell silk, brocade, Damask, aghabani, wool, ladies wears, gifts, oriental artifacts as well as hand craft products like mosaics in laid with mother of pearl, silver and gold in addition to carpets and kelims etc ... Several shops offer the famous Damascus Ice cream and cookies and beverages all round the year . No wonder it is called the souk of (one thousand and one sort ). - Souk Madhat Pasha: The western Souk al Hamidiye. It has 332 shops . It was built by the Memlouks in 1419-1421 and renovated in 1787. Bullets of the fighters of the Syrian revolution against the French occupation left thousands of holes in the metallic roof of the souk, from where golden rays of the sun penetrate the rather cool and weakly lit atmosphere of the souk and  add a touch of joyful magic beauty to it. Souk Madhat Pasha is one of the specialized bazaars of old Damascus where tissues, textiles, Arab caftans, caffeyas (men head covers ) wool carpets and kelims are sold in addition to the perfumes and the herbs used as natural medications. Along the souk there were several hostels (khans) now turned into stores or shops for selling different commodities. Of these khans: Khan al Decca built 1339, Khan Jaqmaq built 1419-1421, Khan al Zeit, And Khan Suleiman pasha al Azem 1732 . Al Buzourieh: It is an old souk, branch of the Straight Street .It has 95 shops ST. Ananias Chapel Straight Street - Arch Of Triumph said of it:“ In the middle of the souk of Damascus I discovered the most beautiful Khan in the world (Khan Asa‘ad Pasha)”. The Gold Souks: In the heart of the old city there are different markets mingling with each other. The most prominent of these are two souks of gold (Jewelry): the first is south of the Umayyad Mosque, the other is in al Hariqa. Lovers of gold can find the most beautiful and elegant designs of Jewelry made by the clever Syrian goldsmiths.

Damascus Citadel: At the north western corner of the wall of the old city. The first time it was built in 1076. On 1202 al Malik Al Adel ordered the citadel to be pulled down and rebuilt. It was renovated several times because of the different quakes and sieges that affected its structure. The French shelled it on 29 May 1945, and on 1983 explorations of the citadel started again and parts of its western and eastern walls were discovered again. Now the citadel is being prepared to be restored and requalified with the help of an Italian mission. Museums in Damascus that sell spices, seeds and cookies from all parts of the world. In this souk a visitor can see the traditional “Sabat Al Arous“ (the bride‘s lamp ) which was used to be filled by all kinds of sweets and cookies to be presented to the guests attending the marriage party (similar to the bridal cake in these days) dry fruits, Qamreddin and medical herbs . Souk Al Buzourieh has several historical buildings such as the -Bath of Noureddin, built in 1170 and renewed in 1980. This bath is still in service and is considered one of the most beautiful tourist destinations . -Khan Asa‘ad Pasha al Azem 1753, which is a historical hostel of 2500 square meters. Municipal authorities started renovating the Khan in 1973. This Khan is one of the most beautiful Khans in Damascus with several domes and various designs. What is wonderful about the Khan is that once you step inside it you feel that you have left the bustling noise of the crowded street to dive into a quiet and calm atmosphere . Western orientalists admired the Khan too much. The French poet Lamartine The National Museum: built in 1936 and includes five wings: The wing of prehistoric era, the wing of ancient ages, wing of the classical period, wing of the Arab and Islamic pe riod, and the Museum of Modern Arts Museum Of People‘s Traditions (folkore): (in Al Azem Palace). It was established in 1945 to show images of the public life in Damascus during the 18th and  20th century . Museum of Arabic Epigraphy: in al Madrasa al Jaqmaqya near the Umayyad Mosque. It was established in 1975 to include samples of Arabic writings . Museum Of Medicine And Sciences: It was established in 1978 in Maristan Al Nouri to include samples of medical

tools and manuscripts documenting the development of medicine and sciences during the Arab renaissance . Monuments Outside the wall .   Mosque of Sheikh Mohieddin in the Salihiye district built in 1518. The Takieyyeh as-Sulaymaniyyeh complex: West of the city. It was built in two sections: The Takieyyeh built in 1554-1559 and the school 1566.

It is an Ottoman complex intended to host elderly and handicapped people. The school was built to accommodate students of that time. Inside the Takiyyeh there is a mosque designed and built 1553 by Sinan, the greatest architect of the Ottoman era to reflect Damascusß role as a vital stopping place on the pilgrimage from Istanbul to Mecca. The domed prayer hall, the minarets and the delicate sense of proportion are typically Turkish, where as the alternating rows of black and white stone work known locally as the (Ablaq) forming the entrance arch were popular in the Memlouk times. The Handicraft Bazaar: inside the Takiyyeh as-Sulaymanieh, founded by the ministry of tourism in 1972 to preserve local handicrafts and the heritage of Damascus. It includes about 40 shops that sell gifts, and souvenirs ranging from jewelry (gold & Silver), inlaid metals. swords, daggers, bayonets, wood and copper works inlaid with mother of pearl and silver, mosaics, hand made glassware of different styles and colours, Damascene textile,  pottery and kelims .....etc.

 Haifaa Mafalani

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