As mentioned earlier (here, one, two), I was part of a delegation that traveled to Syria September 13 – 18th on a fact finding mission, especially regarding the 3 million Christians in that country.
Yes, we met with the President and the Grand Mufti (but more on that later).
Here’s some more touristy stuff …
While walking around Old Damascus, we descended from street level into the small shop of a woodworker.
Can you guess what he was crafting?
Beautiful inlay work …
J‘ya guess it, yet?
The seat is gonna go here; the icon up a little higher. The third image, up above, shows the canopy of the future …
Next up for our delegation …
Another traditional home, this one converted into a restaurant.
This one, an antique store.
American tourists, especially those only in Syria for a few days, should probably beware the raw veggies.
Then again, the scales await you back home, you might wanna beware a lot of things!
Our delegation took a bit of a rest at another traditional home — this one now serving as the art studio of renowned artist Mustafa Ali.
Fr Dimitri points the way …
… to the Antiochian Patriarchate. Also in the next installment, we visit a well-known Revolutionary who has been called “one of Syria’s leading opposition thinkers.”
Some images courtesy of John Maddex.