Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian youngster in  Hebron

Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian youngster in Hebron

Occupied Jerusalem (ST):  Israeli occupation...

  Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed  war crimes in  Efrin

Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed war crimes in Efrin

Ankara (ST): Member of the Turkish parliament...

Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

Najla Burghul a Syrian dreamer who...

Over 40 displaced families return to their home town in Syria's Daraa

Over 40 displaced families return to their home town in Syria's Daraa

DARAA, (ST)_ More than 40 displaced families,...

Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and wound 3 others in Syria

Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and wound 3 others in Syria

HASAKA, RAQQA, (ST)_ At least 2 gunmen ...

Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed on Syria

Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed on Syria

MOSCOW, (ST)_Russian Foreign Ministry has...

DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of museums in Syria

DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of museums in Syria

The Directorate-General of Antiquities and...

  • Syria affirms its legitimate right to defend the   sovereignty of the Syrian territories and  protect its citizens against Israeli attacks by all legitimate means

    Syria affirms its legitimate right to defend the...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 18:02
  • An explosive device targets a convoy of the US-led

    An explosive device targets a convoy of the...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:29
  • Al-Hasaka:  Running tanks to secure water as  the Turkish occupation continues to stop pumping from Allouk station

    Al-Hasaka: Running tanks to secure water as ...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:25
  • Patriarch Ephraim II & world church leaders demand  that Biden cancel  coercive measures imposed on Syria

    Patriarch Ephraim II & world church leaders...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:21
  • SDF militia raids Al-Bseirah city in the eastern countryside of Deir Ezzour & kidnaps a number of civilians

    SDF militia raids Al-Bseirah city in the...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:17
  • Palestinian PM  denounces the escalation of organized terror by Israeli settlers against Palestinians

    Palestinian PM denounces the escalation of...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 17:11
  •  Life returns to normal to the ancient wool market in the old city of Aleppo

    Life returns to normal to the ancient wool...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 14:10
  •  Turkish regime issues arrest warrants for dozens of judges and public prosecutors

    Turkish regime issues arrest warrants for...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 14:01
  • Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian youngster in  Hebron

    Israeli occupation forces arrest a Palestinian...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 13:56
  • Military source: A family comprising a father, a mother and two children were killed, and four others wounded as a result of the Israeli air aggression on Hama

    Military source: A family comprising a father,...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 11:09
  • "Jareeh Studio”… A group of the nation’s...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 11:05
  • A new book highlights  the  magnificence  of  “Shamal” ... an ancient Syrian Aramaic kingdom

    A new book highlights the magnificence of ...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 11:00
  •   Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed  war crimes in  Efrin

    Turkish MP: Turkish regime's army committed ...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 09:03
  •  Iranian Minister of Transport: Talks to link railways between Iran and Syria via Iraq reach good stages

    Iranian Minister of Transport: Talks to link...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 08:49
  •  Our air defences confront an Israeli aggression near Hama and down most of the enemy missiles

    Our air defences confront an Israeli...

    Friday, 22 January 2021 08:39
  • Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

    Najla Burghul enters university at over 70

    Friday, 22 January 2021 07:36
  • Over 40 displaced families return to their home town in Syria's Daraa

    Over 40 displaced families return to their home...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:24
  • Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and wound 3 others in Syria

    Explosive devices kill 2 SDF militiamen and...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:17
  • Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed on Syria

    Moscow appeals to EU to lift sanctions imposed...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 18:14
  • DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of museums in Syria

    DGAM posts promo videos on the contents of...

    Thursday, 21 January 2021 14:22

Economy & Aftermath

Investigative Reporting

The second honey festival in Damascus

The second honey festival in Damascus

With the participation of 34 beekeepers from the public and private sectors, the activities of the second Syrian Honey Festival were launched on the grounds of Al-Jalaa S...

  1. Tourism
  2. Culture
  3. Society
  4. Golan
Bnamra ... a green jewel embraced by the mountains

Bnamra ... a green jewel embraced by the…

Tartous, (ST)-The quiet village of Bnamra is embraced by  mountains of ancient oak trees, in the midst of a charming nature as freshwater springs burst from its tops which makes the village look like an emerald. According to the village mayor, Muhammad Ahmad Shaheen, Bnamra is within the municipality of  Sheikh Badr in Tartous. It spreads over an area of about two thousand dunums. The village was named so due to its...

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Arab Writers Union holds the first international cartoons exhibition

Arab Writers Union holds the first inter…

With the participation of more than 252 cartoonists  from 52 countries  around the world,  the Arab Writers Union held its first international cartoons exhibition in a new way which  dealt with the role  of international figures who influenced the literary and cultural movement.   The visions of the participating cartoonists' paintings differed in  the technique  of drawing, but what they all had in common was that they they revealed the impact ...

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"Jareeh Studio”… A group of the nation’s wounded plays the hopeful melody of life

"Jareeh Studio”… A group of the nat…

Homs, (ST)- After losing dear parts  of their bodied in the battles of honor they waged against the enemies of life, they did not lose their love of life, rather they insisted in playing the melody of life with the rest of their bodies . The studio is a modest room with simple components located in the Zahra neighborhood of Homs, where the “Jareeh Studio” band members, under the supervision of its young founder Tha'er Balloul, meet to tr...

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Syria renews call for enforcing the implementation of the Resolution No. 497 on occupied Syrian Golan

Syria renews call for enforcing the impl…

Syria has renewed its call on the Security Council to act immediately as to enforce the implementation of the Resolution No. 497 of 1981 and force the Israeli occupation entity to stop its illegal settlement activities and repressive procedures against the people in the occupied Syrian Golan and to withdraw from the entire Golan to the June 4th 1967 line. Resolution 497 (1981) reaffirms that the acquisition of ter...

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At the end of the 18th century, the French traveler Francois de Volney, said in his book “A Trip into Syria and Egypt”: “When we go to the East, we go to look for our roots and the roots of our sciences, arts, faiths and our destinies”. These words were highly appreciated by the head of the Russian Scientific Academy when he, in 1814, opened the Arabic language section in the educational institute saying: “From the East came all religions, all sciences and all philosophies. “God had granted this place more than anything a man can imagine. I always yearned to see the Garden of Eden, and here I am standing in it now”. In this oriental trip he admired Beirut and described it in his poetry book “Oriental Tales” saying:

“Mar Metri Quarter in alAshrafieh of Beirut is the most beautiful and pleasant place an eye could enjoy”. During his stay in Damascus he described Damascene women: “The eye can hardly see beautiful women like in Damascus because women care for their beauty which rarely departs them. In their homes one can feel peace and safety far from caprice and desires which corrupt souls and bodies”. In fact the idea of the harem haunted the imagination of many European travelers who, when they think of the east feel as if they are sultans surrounded with beautiful women. This idea was interpreted in the portrait of the French painter J.L.Jerome; “Bath of the Harem”.” The French archaeologist Andre Parrot asserted these words when, in the middle of the twentieth century, he discovered the ruins of Mari on the Euphrates with its frescoes and clay tablets, and gave his well known words “Every human has two homes, his own and Syria”.

In the 19th century the French diplomat and poet Alfonse de Lamartine described his visit to Lebanon and Syria speaking about these countries with respect, contrary to the common idea that women of the East were objects for men and their desires.

At the start of the twentieth century five travelers came from Europe to Syria, they lived with Bedouins in the desert in order to study their habits, traditions and ways of life. One of them was the English Lady Anne Blunt, kin of the English poet Lord Byron, who visited Damascus, Aleppo, AlRaqqa, Deir Ezzor and Palmyra. She walked along the old Roman road, admired the Arabian horse and documented her trip to Syria in a book titled “Bedouin Tribes of the Euphrates”.

The British Miss Gertrude Bell” started her trip in Syria, then she went to Jerusalem where she learnt Arabic and then moved to Iraq and was appointed general director of antiquities in Baghdad Museum. On the evening of the 21st of July 1926 she died at 53 years. There is also Jane Digby, and English intellectual who came to Syria to buy horses because she was fond of cavalry and the desert where she lived in tents for several years. Then she bought a house in Homs and when she died she was buried in Damascus where her tomb is visited every year by a delegate from the British Embassy in Damascus (before the British embassy closed). It is enough to read “The Magnolia Tree” of the Syrian writer Ilfat alIdelbi to understand the biography of this adventurous woman who adored the East.

One of these women also is Hester Stanhope, and English lady distinguished for her beauty and noble family who came to Syria obsessed with its history. She entered Damascus riding a horse, roamed its streets and loved Zenoubia so much that she always imagined herself in her place. She contacted many Damascene families, lived for a while in alNabk and then moved to Palmyra to live for a long time. The first half of the 20th century witnessed the arrival of a French lady, Marga d’Andurain, into Syria to live in Palmyra. She bought a large house there and changed it into a hotel, and gave it the name of Zenoubia. This hotel is still functioning in the historical city of Palmyra. d’Andurain was fond of horse riding, marksmanship, sword duel and polo. She used to go to Palmyra’s famous spring Afqa to swim disguised as a Roman woman or as a queen of the ancient times. In 1939 she sold the hotel and moved to live in France, in the Basque region, but at the end of WWII she returned to live in a luxurious house in alMaghrib. In her book: “Marga, Countess of Palmyra, Mary Cecil de Philhak, issued in 1995 by Belle Phone, we can read that Marga was a romantic woman fond of risks and adventures. In a statement to “ alMashrek” magazine in February 1907 Father Louis Sheikho summarized the magic which attracted many European travelers by these words: “It is normal for Europeans to follow the footsteps of their ancestors in the Arab Orient which knew the first ages of history, and which built the first house, and could worthily inherit the legacy of the Greeks and the Romans, and which witnessed the coexistence of various civilizations and religions whose principles still exist till these days. Those travelers were the first pioneers who were attracted to the Charm of the Orient. Now on the footsteps of the grandfathers and fathers tens of thousands of European tourists come every year to enjoy the wonders and beauty of this East and to explore its civilizations or to contribute to the revelation of its valuable treasures still buried underground.

 

Haifaa Mafalani

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