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Syria is the cradle of World civilisation, and
the accomplishments of her ancient peoples are renowned throughout the world.
was here that agriculture began ten thousand years ago, that settlement
commenced and civilisation emerged. Houses, not caves, became man's dwellings,
and he embarked on a journey of self-discovery. He observed heaven and sang the
earliest hymns. He tried his hand at drawing and sculpture. Evidence of these
ancient arts is found all over Syria,
at Mereibet, Jeyround, Yabroud, and on the riverbanks.
Syria also presented the world with major discoveries. It
was here that copper was made pliable and bronze was invented. The Bronze
civilisation came into being at Tel Halaf.
Mari (Tel Hariri), by the Euphrates and
elsewhere, there was an abundance of palaces, temples and murals reflecting
cultural and commercial activity.
(Ras Shamra) offered mankind the first alphabet in history. At
(Tel Mardikh), a royal palace was discovered containing one of the largest and
most comprehensive documentary archives of the ancient world. These specialised
in industrial, diplomatic, commercial and administrative matters, in addition
to relations of peace and war with other countries.
The Amorites, the Canaanites and Phoenicians inhabited
the coastal regions, while the Arameans populated the inland areas , and the
Nabateans inhabited the south.
waves of migrations from the Arab
gave an Arab identity to Syria,
and the country withstood invasions by Hittites, Persians, Greeks and Romans.
The Islamic conquest of 636 A. D. confirmed this Arab identity and gave the
land its lasting character.
immense strategic importance of Syria is due to her unique position as a
meeting point between of three continents (Asia, Africa, and Europe), and as a
crossroad between the Caspian Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Black Sea, and the
Nile River. Through Syria
passed the silk route which led from China
to Doura Europe's (Salhiyeh), from Palmyra and
to the Syrian ports on the Mediterranean,
where for thousands of years Syrian seafarers had ridden the wave in their
great fleets with gleaming white sails.
This geographical position lent distinction to the
country, not only as a trade and caravan route, but also a melting pot of
diverse ideas, beliefs, talents, and cultures.
journey through Syria
is a journey through time. When you enter the old soaks you realise that
history is some time alive and tangible, something you can see and touch. You
go down the 'Street called Straight' (Midhat Pasha) which stretches from Bab
Kissan to Bab Al-Jabieh, and you feel that you are walking beside Saul of
Tarsus when he saw the light of faith, the bright flash on 'the Road to
silk weavers whom you see in Damascus,
and Aleppo still work at their wooden handlooms
just like their ancestors did in Ebla
four thousand years ago. Glass blowers at their brick furnaces recall their
predecessors who invented coloured glass three thousand years ago. Folk artists
still draw pictures of epic heroes almost identical to those engraved on stone
by Doura Europe's artists in the year 3000 B. C.
is often described as the largest small country in the world because of its
wealth of ancient cultures. Humanity is indebted to this land for much of it
thought and learning. Indeed it was aptly said that every learned person has
two homelands: his own, and Syria.