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.

The Religious Tourist Locations And Destinations In Rural Damascus (2)

2-Islamic sites:

In al Sayeda Zainab (formerly Raweia): -Shrine of Sayeda Zainab: A gigantic architectural monument in eastern Ghouta, 8 km east of Damascus. The shrine contains the remains of Sayeda Zainab al Kubra, daughter of Ali, the cousin of the prophet Mohammad and the third Moslem caliphate.

In Darayya:

- Shrine of Sayeda Sukaina, 8 km south west of Damascus. It contains the remains of Sayeda Sukaina, daughter of Ali, the cousin of the prophet Mohammad and the third Moslem caliphate.

The Religious Tourist Locations and Destinations In Rural Damascus (1)

The tourism sector in the governorate of Rural Damascus forms a basic source of income to a large group of the inhabitants of the governorate, especially that it enjoys a large area (about 18500 and a natural diversity, rare to be found in other areas in the world. Rural Damascus is adjacent to four countries: Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, and Palestine, and to five Syrian governorates namely: Homs, Qunaitra, Dara'a, Sweida'a and Urban Damascus (the capital). It also enjoys a unique geographical nature in that it has mountains, valleys, the desert, the plains as well as the water springs, rivers, and forests.......etc.

Rural Damascus has ,also, a very ancient history that goes beyond thousands of years.

The History of Valentine's Day

Every February, candy, flowers, and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint and why do we celebrate this day? The history of Valentine's Day -- and its patron saint -- is shrouded in mystery. But we do know that February has long been a month of romance. St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman traditions. So, who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with this ancient rite? Today, the Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred.

The Festivity of* Mar Maron …..

Brad... Birth place of Maronite Church in the World


In the Festivity of Mar Maron in the ninth of February, life was born again among the ruins of Brad, a village located north west of Aleppo.

Who is Mar Maron? Mar Maron is the father of the Maronites. He lived in Brad between 370 and 423 AD, devoted himself for worship in a place three kilometers south of the village of Brad.

In his book Theoroditus, Bishop of Qrosen 393-459 AD, the only biographer of Mar Maron, described Maron in his book "Chosen by God" and a great teacher, who started hermitic traditions in the open air. He built a cottage on the ruins of a Roman temple and devoted it as an altar.