This was one of the countries I had in mind when thinking about writing stories from various parts of the world. So rich in history with such diversity in cultures and traditions that I feel extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit while there was still peace.
It was only two and a half years before the actual six-year war broke out and I still can’t seem to grasp the fact that some of the places I have seen are not there any more, two thousand year old temples – vanished into the air! Whenever I look at photos of those astonishing places and interesting people I came across back in 2008, I wonder what became of them, if they are well and where they might have ended up after such misfortune…
And it is because of them I have decided to write about the country, to pay my homage to people and places, hoping that this madness would end soon, that peace would be restored. And to remind you of the cultural heritage the country holds, nowadays when we only mention its name in regard to terrorists, political turbulence and war.
Well, guys, remember Syria? That is where my blog will take you this month!
Let’s „travel“ to this Middle Eastern country on Tuesdays and Fridays, when Glimpses will be posted as the Homage to Syria, and walk together through the Christian district of Damascus, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, visit the tomb of the great Muslim leader Salahuddin who fought for Jerusalem during the Crusades. We will be reminded of the famous 10th-century Citadel in Aleppo, the huge wooden water wheels of Hama, the Aramaic dialect still used in Maaloula – the one that Jesus spoke, and of the gorgeous ancient city where the queen Zenobia defied Roman Empire almost two thousand years ago – the great Palmyra!
Enjoy reading about it this April, and let’s hope together that the war will finally end!