Description of Around Damascus
These are pictures of various things around Damascus that I couldn’t quite make a whole new category for and wasn’t sure where to stick them. Sorry about the blank spaces…trying to proect the innocent (or the guilty ;)). The first thing you’ll notice is that they hang banners for mawlid (birthday of the prophet saw). Like sayings about him ie We sent him but as a rahmaa for all the worlds. And those cool poster sign things that say Muhammad in calligraphy and kull aam wa antum bekhair. A traditional Arabic saying that means like have a good and happy year.
There’s a few pictures of us in a garden near Souk Hamadiya. Next, the Kuwaiti mosque near our house. No one remembers it’s real name (Masjid Uthman?) but call it the Kuwaiti mosque because of the romantic story behind it. Basically the story goes that a rich businessman from Kuwait came here and fell in love with a Syrian girl. For her mahr she wanted something that would benefit her homeland so he BUILT HER THIS MOSQUE! SubhanAllah what a cool mahr. BTW, it’s a true story cause a lot of natives told us about it.
The little red dome we’re standing in front of is what is left of what was Ibn al Qayyim’s madrassa. Funny now it’s in the middle of a little island of grass that traffic all goes around.
After that there are pics of downtown Damascus, a frame of a mosque being built, some awesome baklava stores, the large building with the clock is the famous Hijaz railway station building. I found some pictures of the SAME building from the early 1900s online and was amazed that it is the SAME. Just everything around it has changed. I guess this is a theme of Damascus. Amazing history that has been preserved in a few precious buildings and areas. Right before the bebzi is our ugly street. Don’t worry it only looks rundown cuz its Syria There’s also some pictures of a nice park we went to and a video of Damascus’s only mall.