Al -Majdal . . Charming Mountainous Nature

Sweida, (ST) - The town of Al -Majdal, located to the north-west of the city of Sweida, is characterized by its charming mountainous nature, the fertility of its soil, the beauty and magnificence of its monuments and the famous vineyards since the time of the Romans.

People lived in Al -Majdal, in the modern era, since the eighteenth century. The name, according to historical documents, is derived from twisting the rope or plaiting the hair. The word Al -Mejdal means the over looking palaces and the word Al -Majdalrefers to a noun of a position in the Arab countries. The researcher at the Antiquities Bureau at the region, Dr. Ali Abu Assaf, pointed out that the name of Al -Majdal backs to the Aramean period.

Markets of Old Damascus.. Title of Originality and Tradition

DAMASCUS, (ST) – Markets of old Damascus attract visitors from all over Syria and the neighboring countries. A tour of those markets summarizes to visitors the landmarks of the city, its ancient heritage, and its original stockpile of heritage and modern industries that have become well -known across the whole world. The city of Damascus has enveloped those markets with much splendor, where everyone gets a lot of enjoyment in shopping under their covered roofs that protect the visitors from heat in summer and cold in winter.

Tekkiye Mosque

Syrian Handicraft is one of the most beautiful eastern cultural in human civilization history.

The visitor to Handicraft market in Tekkiye mosque in Damascus can get unique stuff made from Glass, pottery, wood, ivory, ornaments, psoriasis, weaving, brocade Damascene, mosaic and arabesque industries.

Those handicraft industries are full with Islamic art and Syrian environment made by simple tools and Artisans.

Firas Taleb

Translated by Maher Taki

Old Damascus Companion of time is under rehabilitation


“Get up and go to Damascus and there you would be told what you have to do”

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):

Damascus Public Baths (Hammams)

Public Baths were commonly used in Damascus as a civilized phenomena that denotes the interest of the Damascenes in their health, and cleanness of bodies. Going to the bath was a religious and social habit of life in the Orient in general and in Damascus in particular. Public baths were common in the city when houses of the past centuries did not have private baths, so men used to slip to the baths to wash their bodies and enjoy the services offered there for an hour or two, where as women changed this habit into a traditional social event linked to their social life.