Cherubim Monastery

Strong will, relentless efforts and generosity, gave life back to a ruined convent

The Cherubim Monastery stands like an eagle at the top of the Qalamoun chain of mountains, 2000m above sea level, 37km from Damascus and 7km from Saidnaya. From its balconies you can see the ŒGhouta˜ of Damascus and the mountains of southern Syria, the town of ŒDmeir˜ to the east and ŒBa’albak˜ and the ŒBeka’a Valley˜ of Lebanon to the west.

The monastery consists of a church, a shrine, a lodge for the monks, a guest house, a center for the youth and, until two years ago, an orphanage.

Citadels of Inner Syria

Qala’at Ibn Ma‘n : sits atop a precipitous volcanic cone to look at the city of Palmyra ( the ruins, as well as the new constructions of the city). The date of the first building is unclear but it is certain that the Lebanese prince Emir Fakhr al Din al Ma‘ani built the present edifice in the 17th century.

Qala’at Abi Hsain : The ruins of an ancient citadel in the village of Bsamas, Ariha south of Idleb . It was built during the Roman­ Byzantine period .

'Teach me to fish' initiative aims to empower Syrian youths

A training initiative called 'teach me to fish' was launched Sunday by the Levant Hospitality for Training and Development, the Arab Center for Training and the American University of Culture and Education in Lebanon in coordination with the Syrian Tourism Ministry.

The initiative, which depends on long programs and short ones, aims to train martyrs' relatives and to employ them in cooperation with local partners, according to the Director of the Arab Center for Training Wisam Saleh, who clarified that the training programs will take place in Damascus, Lattakia, Tartous and Sweida.

Syrian heritage Festival 'AKITU' kicks off

The Syrian Heritage Festival 'AKITU', held by Tourism Ministry and the AlIkhbaria Syria Television channel, kicked off Friday in the Tishreen Park in Damascus on the occasion of the Syrian New Year, which falls on April 1st.

The opening ceremony of the festival, which was attended by a huge number of people, included national songs and dances showing the Syrian heritage.

Tourism Minister Beshir Yazigy told reports that the AKITU is an ancient festival in the near East history and the celebration today proves that we [Syrians] are proud of our deep-rooted heritage and we are clinging to our homeland.

Meshquita; treasure trove of sparkling springs and lush forests

Lattakia is known as the bride of the Mediterranean, and sees a steady stream of tourists from inside and outside Syria, who are attracted to it because of its rich terrain and natural beauty. When you look over Lattakia from above, you cannot take your eyes off the amazing scenery - from the shining blue sea, the majestic mountains or the hills and valleys scattered around like clouds. Now more intrepid tourists are discovering the relatively unexplored city of Meshquita, which is towards the north east of Latakia, and where ever more breathtaking scenery awaits you as you make your way through green mountains that descend into hillside embracing the North big river.