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The Castle and Valley Festival concluded its activities

Ala’a Eddin band coming from Lattakia took part in the Castle and Valley Festival and presented a various theatrical comic show and acrobatics at the Cultural Center in Marmarita.

The show, which had educational and social aims, highlighted the importance of education, studying and self cleanliness.

 “The 6- actor band was founded in 1990 as a theater for children”, Head and Director of Ala’a Eddin band Ali Ala’a Eddin pointed out adding that the band is currently working to present a show for children with special needs.

Al-Nofara Cafe

In old Damascus lays, by the entrance of al-Qaymaria quarter and the Eastern gate of Umayyad Mosque, Al Nofara Cafe (Fountain ), one of Syria's oldest and most famous Café which is usually filled with noisy chatter and music.

Old Damascus Companion of time is under rehabilitation

The old city of Damascus, which is surrounded by the beautiful “Ghouta“ , and crossed by River Barada of the seven branches , was described by historians and poets as “the paradise of God “ . Today it is an international tourist landmark, unique in itself as it was described by the “World Tourism Organization”. Archaeological discoveries proved that the city of Damascus was one of the cities which man inhabited in the ancient epochs.

It was mentioned in Egyptian records of the fifteenth century B.C. It was mentioned 67 times in the Holy Bible .It became the first abode of Christian religion in the first century A.D. The instructions of Jesus Christ to Saul the Tarsian (St Paul):

The Birth Of Damascus

It is universally acknowledged that Damascus is the oldest inhabited city in the world. Arab references attribute it to (Domashq son of Qani son of Malek son of Arfakhshad son of Sam son of Noah) or to (Geron son of Sa’ad son of A’ad), while other western sources attribute it to the Greek mythological heroes and gods (Ascus or Damas). Modern scientific references refer to our modern sources which say that it was first built in the first millennium BC. (The Aramaic Period).

Some archaeological studies spoke about the start of Damascus and the early stages of its formation. Some theories refer to a Canaanite-Amorite wall (3000 BC.) which encircled the Canaanite city (18 acres at that time) with seven gates ,the original gates of the Aramaic wall which was supported later by thousands of columns.

Religious Tourism in Syria

Religious Tourism is one of the most important aspects of contemporary tourism . In addition to being an act of pilgrimage to religious sites where saints priests, men of religion, started their missionary trips, it‘s a kinds of historical and cultural activity intended to increase knowledge about civilizations and cultures of other nations.

Religious tourism enhances

friendly relations among peoples , reactivates world cooperation and political understanding , and , at the same time , offers many economic benefits . Although religious tourism in Syria is still at its beginning, yet Syria has a very important religious positions for both Moslems and Christians .