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The 2nd Sydnaya Tourism Festival

The city of Sednaya is famous for its beautiful nature and archaeological, historical and religious sites, including the monastery of Our Lady of Sednaya, the Monastery of St. George, the Monastery of St. Thomas, the Monastery of the Cherubim and a number of historical churches as well as many distinguished tourist buildings.

A few days ago Sydnaya witnessed the launching of the 2nd Sydnaya Tourism Festival which was held by the Ministry of Tourism and the province of Damascus countryside. The opening was attended by Secretary of the Damascus Branch of the Baath Arab Socialist Party Radwan Mustafa and a number of members of the People's Assembly.

Syrian governorates witness tourism festivals again

The tourism festivals have kicked off again in some Syrian governorates after stopping for many years because of the war. This summer has witnessed the organization of a large number of festivals since 2012.

These festivals are working to convey a message represented in casting light on restoring normal life to many areas and governorates and attracting citizens to attend the festivals as well as reactivating the economic and social life in these areas.

Before organizing more festivals, the Ministry of Tourism will cooperate with the governorates and administrative units to review results of the festivals organized in the liberated areas which still need large sums of money for rehabilitation. The festivals will have negative impact on the locals of those areas if they were held at the expense of the reform processes and citizens’ services.

The singing festivals witness a larger audience than the cultural and social ones which are held currently.

Inas Abdulkareem  

The Damascus’NahasinSouq‘Coppersmiths Market’

Nahasin Souq (Coppersmith Market) in King Fayssal Street.

Mosiacs prove again and again that Syria is the cradle of civilizations and cultural dialogue among nations.

The word mosaic is originally a Greek word: museion which was used to denote the art of decoration in which small pieces or cubes of stone, enamel, glass or ceramic is used combined by means of an adhesive or mortar to form patterns, human figures or animal images, and later complete scenes of life. In Latin, the word is musiuum Opus which was changed into mussiuum, and in a later stage, Mosaque. Mosaics are distinctive marks of Mediterranean civilization.

 They spread in Mesopotamia, then all over the Roman Empire; Italy, France, Cyprus, Greece, Turkey, Bilad alCham (the Levant), al Maghrib and Andalusia. Mosaics were extensively used during the Greek and Roman periods to decorate temples and houses of the nobility. During the Byzantine period they continued so, but their subjects were different. In the Middle Ages their use expanded to cover churches, mosques, palaces, schools and khans.

Slovak traveler: Damascus is the oldest inhabited city since thousands years

Slovak traveler Peter Dusidla described Damascus as the oldest inhabited city in the world for thousands of years.

In an interview to a Slovakian site, during his tour in Aleppo, Dusidla described the friendly, harmonious, generous and tolerant atmosphere he had touched in all  the Syrian cities , pointing out the welcoming and warm hospitality of Syrians to foreign visitors.