Damascene women had habits and traditions still being observed

Old Damascene bath houses swing between glories of old days and luxuries of present time...Old habits being revived.

Despite the speedy progress of technologies and the development of modernism, history, heritage and old habits still attract people strongly, inviting them to relive past joys and sail in pleasant atmospheres hardly found in modern innovations.

MAR MARON CHARACTER & MESSAGE AND Christianity spread in all Syrian cities

Mar Maron lived in a period full of religious and political events which accompanied the spread of Christianity. Christian monks were highly influenced by the successive and concurrent events especially after Roman Emperor Constantine had issued the famous decree of Milan 313AD which allowed Christians to declare their new religion publicly and recognized Christianity as a state religion.

In his book "History of Maronites", issued in the eighties of the past century, Lebanese father Botros Dhaw said: "Since the start of Christian era and until 313AD, Christians suffered from persecution. One day, exactly at sunset, Constantine, saw the image of a cross drawn in the sky by sun rays and "With this you will win" written near it. In the morning he ordered new banners be made for the army with the sign of the cross on them and he won the battle over his opponent, Emperor Maxentius, in 312AD near Rome. After that he ruled all Europe and issued the declaration of 313AD which stopped persecution but fell short of declaring Christianity as a state religion.

Damascus, The Place of St. Paul's Escape

The historian and researcher Salah Kharbatli told Syria Times news paper that after his baptism, St. Paul devoted himself to preaching in the synagogues, saying that Jesus was the Son of God confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that this one was the Messiah (Acts 9,20-22). In his biographical accounts, St. Paul tells us that soon afterwards he went to Arabia ‚ to the region south of Damascus called Hauran ‚ perhaps with the purpose of avoiding a confrontation with his fellow Jews. After one or two years he returned to Damascus, where he pursued his vocation to preach the Christian message.

The first reaction of the Jews was one of surprise: is not he the man who persecuted those who called upon that Name? Little by little, however, this reaction turned into opposition, and the opposition grew so strong and dramatic, that one day the Jews contrived a plot against St. Paul and were supported by those governing the city on behalf of the Nabatean king, Aretas IV. St. Paul learned about this plot, but since the Jews were carefully watching the gates of the city all day and night, the Christians took him by night and let him down from the walls in a basket. Recalling this episode, St. Paul says that it was through a window that he escaped from certain death (2 Cor 11, 32-33). In the same way the spies of Joshua, whom Rahab helped to escape from Jericho, were lowered from a window in the city walls (Josh 2,15).

Palmyra attracts more foreign tourists after liberating it from terrorism

Palmyra, bride of the desert, today is attracting more foreign tourists to see this archeological city which enjoys a prestigious position in the history of civilization and culture in addition to getting acquainted with the systematic destruction which the city has gone through at the hands of Daesh terrorists.

After two years of liberating Palmyra from terrorism, tourists are currently arriving in the city overwhelmed with happiness to see it and to tour its archeological site, while at the same time they feel sorry for the systematic destruction and sabotage which affected some of the city’s edifices.

Syria... Food in Daily Life

Wheat is the main crop and one of the staple foods. Vegetables, fruits, and dairy products also are eaten. Lamb is popular, but most people cannot afford to eat meat on a regular basis. Islam prohibits the consumption of pork, and other meats must be specially prepared in a method called halal cooking. In middle-class and wealthier homes, meals are like those eaten in other Middle Eastern countries: roast or grilled chicken or lamb with side dishes of rice, chickpeas, yogurt, and vegetables. A mezzeh is a midday meal composed of up to twenty or thirty small dishes. These dishes can include hummous , a puree of chickpeas and tahini (ground sesame paste); baba ganouj, an eggplant puree; meat rissoles; stuffed grape leaves; tabouleh (a salad of cracked wheat and vegetables); falafel (deep-fried balls of mashed chickpeas); and pita bread.