SYRIA – Damascus, Ananias & Sweida

SYRIA – Damascus, Ananias & Sweida May 6, 2010

This is the first in a 15-part series of pics from Syria.


The first order of business in Damascus was to visit the home of Ananias — where St Paul went after being struck blind on his way there. (You can read about that here.) Pictured above is my helper, Fr Isaac, also helping two young pilgrims, a Muslim girl from Malaysia and her boyfriend from China.

For various reasons, St Paul would not have been able to read these signs … they must be “new”.

A stone reenactment at the entryway …

Here’s Fr Isaac helping to educate the young Muslim woman within the walls of the home of Ananias; this room has been converted into a chapel.

In Damascus, you can see the old and the new all jumbled together …

Or, sometimes, the old stands amid the new as a reminder …

Here’s something very old atop something way older …

Ah … here we are, 1.5 hours away from Damascus, arriving at the Cathedral of St George & the Chancery of Metropolitan SABA in Sweida.

The first sight upon entering: The Salon.

What lies south of Sweida you ask? We’ll travel down that road tomorrow.

Podcast – “The Blindside” (in Syria); Article – Antiochian website

To be continued …

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