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A Triad of Mosques in Old Damascus

1-The Sibaiieh School built during the late Memlouk era in al Darwishieh near the square of Bab al Jabiah, by the last Memlouk governor of Damascus (Prince Sibai son of Bakhtija)before he was killed in the battle of Marj Dabeq, 1516, defending Damascus against the Ottomans who would occupy the region for more than four centuries .

Construction started in 1509 and finished in 1515.To build it Prince Sibai collected stones and pillars of old and neglected mosques, cemeteries and the marbles of the decaying school of Khatoun and from other deteriorating buildings in Damascus, hence the scholars of Damascus called it the Mosques Collection.

The school has a wide facade built from alternated rows of colored stones and decorated by different types of decorations. In the middle of the façade there is a high gate topped by stalactites and geometrical designs. Inside the school there is a small open court ,a prayer place, porticos , two tiers of rooms and a shrine with a dome on top. From the roof an octagonal minaret pops out rich with arched windows, round panels, colored rows and stalactites dangling from below the balcony of the Muezzin.

In short ,this beautiful monument represents the architecture of the Memlouk period characterized by richness of minute decorative designs and luxurious ornamentations.

Tourism Ministry Achieved Positive Indicators in 2019

The Syrian tourism sector suffered significant damage during the terrorist war on Syria. However the Ministry of Tourism had a very clear plan and exerted relentless  efforts to  revive the tourism sector.

In parallel with the return of security  and stability to many regions across Syrian  provinces,  the  tourism sector in Syria   achieved  positive indicators in 2019,  which was reflected  in the number of Arab and foreign visitors  and  hotel lodgers .

(Rami) Village .. Historic privacy and distinguished civil work

The village of "Rami", which is located in the eastern countryside of the province of Sweida, has a historical specificity dating back to the time of the Romans, as it was a reserve that they used to monitor the desert, in addition to the caves and the old inhabited houses.

At the present time, the village is distinguished by the civil and developmental action that was demonstrated through several initiatives and that contributed to the village's economic, social and cultural development, and thus its civilized role continues through time.

Czech tourist site: Palmyra deserves the title of " jewel of the desert"

Prague,(ST)- The Czech "Travel Mag" tourist web site has published a report about the city of Palmyra, indicating that it deserves the title of The "jewel of the desert", because of its unique archaeology.

The site spoke in its report in detail about the most important landmarks of the city, especially its temples, theater and tombs, the long street, columns Street, Diocletian Camp, the Valley of the Graves and Fakhruddin Castle.

The site said ... that Palmyra constitutes "the dream of every lover of history and every traveler", pointing out that although some of its archaeology was affected by terrorism, it will be possible to restore it again so that its glory returns to it.

The site pointed out that Palmyra is registered on the list of UNESCO  Organization for Humanitarian and Cultural Heritage protected internationally indicating that Palmyra has a very rich history as it was part of the Roman Empire and an independent kingdom as well as on the Silk Road.

Haifaa Mafalani

The oldest Herb shop in Al-Hasakah ... An inherited experience in Herbs

Al-Hasakah,(ST)-Like all folklore stories, the stories of herbs are often seen as myths. They are scattered everywhere and their markets remain one of the stories of the heritage.

The “al-Hamwiya” market in the heart of Al-Hasaka province is one of these markets that includes the oldest shops of spices and herbs in the city. All who enter Al-Hamwiya market from its southern side are received by the smell emitted from the shops and by the various aromatic substances, wild herbs and vegetable oils that some are used for medical treatment.

"In the middle of the market, the shop of Abu Akram is located as the oldest store that sells herbs and spices in the city, which still serves the people since the sixties of last century, as Ayman Al-Hussein, who inherited the work from his father, says. Al-Hussein pointed out that the store provides various types of wild herbs that grow in the province of Hasaka, such as wild thyme, chamomile, and Hermel wormwood and flowers of all kinds, in addition to the presence of a varieties of spices, and oils extracted from various plants.