Yes, we met with the President (but more on that later).
First, a little touristy stuff …
Day one in Damascus, Thursday 9/15, we headed toward the Eastern Gate — and the Street Called Straight — and into Old Town. Fr John Winfrey was the one who brought it up — but, he was right: We were seeing the shape of the ancient “house church”.
… to enter a traditional home in Old Damascus that is being remodeled. Now, pause here a sec and think about St Paul and the various “house churches” mentioned in his writings. Was this the kind of floor plan he was used to? The courtyard serving as the Nave …
… the “high place” an elevated salon …
The home of Ananias.
Read about it here.
Fr Pat ponders.
Next up, thanks to some pics stolen from John Maddex, we’ll visit a woodworker’s shop, an antique dealer, and a famous artist’s studio — all in Old Town Damascus.