The Religious Tourist Locations And Destinations In Rural Damascus (2)

2-Islamic sites:

In al Sayeda Zainab (formerly Raweia): -Shrine of Sayeda Zainab: A gigantic architectural monument in eastern Ghouta, 8 km east of Damascus. The shrine contains the remains of Sayeda Zainab al Kubra, daughter of Ali, the cousin of the prophet Mohammad and the third Moslem caliphate.

In Darayya:

- Shrine of Sayeda Sukaina, 8 km south west of Damascus. It contains the remains of Sayeda Sukaina, daughter of Ali, the cousin of the prophet Mohammad and the third Moslem caliphate.

The Religious Tourist Locations and Destinations In Rural Damascus (1)

The tourism sector in the governorate of Rural Damascus forms a basic source of income to a large group of the inhabitants of the governorate, especially that it enjoys a large area (about 18500 sq.km.) and a natural diversity, rare to be found in other areas in the world. Rural Damascus is adjacent to four countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine, and to five Syrian governorates namely: Homs, Qunaitra, Dara'a, Sweida'a and Urban Damascus (the capital). It also enjoys a unique geographical nature in that it has mountains, valleys, the desert, the plains as well as the water springs, rivers, and forests.......etc.

Rural Damascus has ,also, a very ancient history that goes beyond thousands of years.

The History of Valentine's Day

Every February, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

The Festivity of* Mar Maron …..

Brad... Birth place of Maronite Church in the World

 

In the Festivity of Mar Maron in the ninth of February, life was born again among the ruins of Brad, a village located north west of Aleppo.

Who is Mar Maron? Mar Maron is the father of the Maronites. He lived in Brad between 370 and 423 AD, devoted himself for worship in a place three kilometers south of the village of Brad.

In his book Theoroditus, Bishop of Qrosen 393-459 AD, the only biographer of Mar Maron, described Maron in his book "Chosen by God" and a great teacher, who started hermitic traditions in the open air. He built a cottage on the ruins of a Roman temple and devoted it as an altar.

Damascene swords

We can't mention Arab swords and ignore the Damascene sword which was the secret of many heroic actions of Arab fighters. The sword was not a tool of pride only, but it was a tool of war and a symbol of dignity, technical creation, and proficiency of metal smith.

The reputation of Damascus as a producer of fine swords likely came, not only from producing these blades, but also from the fact that the city was the centre of the sword trade in the Middle East - dealing in swords from as far as Persia, India and Yemen.