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.

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. From Syria, the cradle of civilizations, Saul, later St. Paul, started his preaching after his followers succeeded in arranging his escape from persecution to start his journeys in the world in spite of hunger, exhaustion and torture until he was killed in Rome as a martyr of Christianity.

Ugarit Where the First Alphabet Flourished

(ST) - The greatest human civilizations were born on the Syrian soil where man invented miracles that their remnants are still scattered and high in every corner. Ugarit invented the first alphabet in the world to become the mother of all alphabets in the world as well as its considerable impact in spreading science, culture and knowledge to the peoples of earth.

Clay tablets discovered in Ugarit show through written documents that the kingdom had distinguished diplomatic relations with the outside world at that time and possessed an organized army that had the ability to maintain its security and stability being the focus of attention of many who had the desire of expansion.

The Fascinating Kingdom of Mari (2)

Remnants of kitchen equipment were found as they had been abandoned, with scraps of cheese or bread still on the floor, and containers for olive oil or water, and clay utensils. Classrooms still revealed signs that the royal children had studied there. An archive concealed sixteen hundred separate tablets describing the king's accounting and finances. The library, probably one of the most complete ever unearthed, contained an astonishing twenty thousand tablets, a record as orderly as it was extensive, for it documents the history and dynasties of a region that stretched from Persia to Palestine.