Syria before the war 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 culture and tradition that I feel extremely fortunate to have had an opportunity to visit while there was still peace.
It was only two and a half years before the war broke out and I still can’t seem to grasp the fact that some of the places I saw are not there anymore, that 2,000-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 have become of them, if they were well and where they might have ended up after such misfortune.
And that is why I decided to write about the country, to pay my homage to people and places, hoping that this madness will end, that peace will be restored and the country rebuilt. I also wanted to remind you of the cultural heritage the country holds, now when we only mention its name in regards to terrorists, political turbulence, and war.
Syria Before the War
Well, guys, remember Syria? That is where my blog will take you next.
Let’s travel to this Middle Eastern country through my glimpses that will be posted as the Homage to Syria series, and walk together through the Christian districts of Damascus, one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, and 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 2,000 years ago – the great Palmyra.
There will be photos of places and temples that are no longer there.
All the travel stories’ links are to be found below. Enjoy Syria before the war through the eyes of a traveler and not a politician. Please be so kind to leave a few kind words in a review.
Glimpses of SYRIA: