Traditional Syrian handcrafts

A panoramic of the most popular traditional handcrafts in Syria, from wood mosaic to kilims, from blown glass to traditional clogs.

Photos by Ibrahim Malla

Palmyra: Oasis of columns

Located 200 km north-east of Damascus, Palmyra is a fertile oasis in the heart of the Syrian desert. This position, on the crossroad between Damascus and Iraq, the Arab Gulf and Persia and the Mediterranean, made of it one of the most wealthy cultural and caravan centers of the ancient world.

Photos by Ibrahim Malla

Most beautiful churches in Syria

Syria has some of the most ancient churches in the world, located on the top of mountains or a few meters underground. Discover them in this gallery.

Abu Abdo al Fawal: The legend of foul in Aleppo

Abu Abdo al Fawal, is a  legend in Aleppo. Everyone in town has heard of him or tried his "foul", the traditional fava beans dish, that the shop has been serving for breakfast for over 100 years. In 2010 one of his photos became part of a vision campaign called "Madinatouna", meaning in Arabic "our city", collecting opinions from Aleppo's residents.

Lost in the forest: the fortress of Salah Addin

Salah Addin castle is located on the coastal mountain range at 37 Km away from Latakia at an altitude of 400-460 m at the top of a very difficult route up the mountains. It is considered one of the most prestigious castles of the medieval period.

The old hammam

Named after a Mamluk sultan, "Al Malik Al Zahir" hammam began operation in 985 A.D.- 375 A.H. and it is claimed to be the oldest remaining public bath in Damascus. Completely renewed the hammam today offers sauna, steam, massage, and hair cut.

Deir Mar Musa: the monastery of St. Moses the Abyssinian

St. Moses the Abyssinian (Deir Mar Musa el-Habashi) overlooks a steep valley in the mountains around 80 km north of Damascus. Known since ancient times, the monastery is today home of an active community.

On the road to Damascus: the conversion of Saint Paul

Saint Paul's conversion to Christianity, took place according to the Acts of the Apostles [Acts 9:1-31], on the road to Damascus where he experienced a vision of the resurrected Jesus, after which he was temporarily blind. St. Paul recovered his sight during his stay in Damascus but afterwards he had to flee from persecution, according to the tradition, hidden in a basket and lowered by a rope from above Bab Kisan at night.  

Damascus in white

13 Dec - The snowfall for 2 consecutive days transformed Damascus into an unusual winter scenary, covering with a light blanket the city and the countriside.

Pal.M.A.I.S. unearthing Palmyra

Pal.M.A.I.S. is a joint Italian-Syrian archaeological mission working since 2007 in the South-Western quarter of Palmyra. By the end of the third year the mission achieved some importnat results.