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Emar... Ancient Near East Portal

The ancient near eastern town of Emar/Imar was situated on the middle Euphrates in northwest Syria, about 100 km east of Aleppo. Due to its geographical situation connecting Mesopotamia with the Mediterranean coast and with Anatolia, the town had a strategic function. Already the earliest mentioning in writing, namely in the palace archives of Ebla, ca. 2500 BC, and especially in the Mari texts from the 18th century BC, point to the town's importance as traffic junction and contact zone between the Assyro-Babylonian and the Syro-Anatolian cultural spheres. Contrary to its importance as a commercial center, Emar was never the center of a superregional power

Museums In Syria

History and Syria are inseparable identities. In the land of Syria, man planted the first grain, on the banks of the River Khabour he discovered copper. Syrian man manufactured iron, steel and bronze alleys and was the first to use potteries for cooking. In Tall al Baharia the earliest writings were discovered. Inhabitants of Karmasha in Hama were considered the earliest human dynasties before the discovery of the Neanderthal man. Syria offered humanity the first alphabet of Ugarit (Ras Shamra) and the first musical piece in the world. So isn't it just for Syria to boast of its achievements.

To preserve these unique pieces of heritage Syria had established several museums to include the experiences of thirty three civilizations that had flourished on its land, and had maintained more than 2500 historical sites almost rare in their beauty.

Museums in Syria are:

1- In Damascus:

- The National Museum: Damascus is proud of its rich National Museum, first established 1919 in a part of al Madrasa al Adeliya. In 1936 It was moved to its present location west of Takiya al-Suleimaniya. Damascus National Museum is one of the richest Museums in the Arab world in terms of the diversity of its contents. It has five main wings: prehistoric wing, ancient civilizations wing, classical wing, wing of Arab- Islamic antiquities and modern art wing.

- Museum of People's Tradition (Al-Azem Palace): established in 1954 in the house of one of Damascus governors, built in 1749 north of souk al Buzouriyeh. Halls of the museum include more than ten thousand valuable articles that cover old fashioned clothes, furniture pieces inlaid with mother of pearl or carved wood, and folklore scenes that represent urban life in the 18th and 19th centuries. The museum has two wings: the wing of popular traditions and the wing of local industries - Army Museum: Based in al Takiya al Suleimaniya west of Damascus. The museum has several halls filled with items that represent the struggle of the Syrian people

Monastery of St. Jacob.. The Mutilated An Oasis for Contemplation and Soul Restoration

Monastery of St. Jacob.. The Mutilated An Oasis for Contemplation and Soul Restoration

In the first century AD Saul of tarsus, the Pharisee, enthusiast to Judaism, departed Jerusalem to fight all those who violated his religion. According to Acts [15] Paul was born in Tarsus, a persistent persecutor of the Church until his experience on the Road to Damascus which resulted in his conversion which he is described as falling to the ground, as a result of a flash of light from the sky, hearing the words "Saul, Saul why are you persecuting me?" In the accounts, he is described as being led by those he was traveling with, blinded by the light, to Damascus where his sight was restored by a disciple called Ananias, by whom he was baptized as Paul.


A Mountain Resort Hugging the Sea

Kasab can be considered resort no.1 among tourist sites along the coast of Syria. It is as old as human existence in the region. It was well known since Ugarit‘s period when people, at that time ,discovered that Ba‘al, the God of Gods, lived in Mt. (Aron), a volcanic mountain still guarding Kasab.

To reach Kasab you have to go through several groves and forests of pine, oak, and laurel trees. In midway between Kasab and Qastal AL-Ma‘af, a town near Kasab, once stood the late Egyptian President Jamal Abdul Nasser to utter his famous sentence: “This is paradise regained on earth.” Really, it is so.

Shopping in Damascus

Most important feature of the goods any tourist can buy in Syria in General and in Damascus in particular is that they are cheap compared with the neighboring countries. Prices in Syria are generally competitive.

Goods are various and of several categories in relation to goodness, something the tourist can easily discover because same goods have prices that vary between the cheap and the expensive.