Syria is an interesting country to read about and even visit. Here are some facts about
- Syria was once united with Egypt as a single Republic
In February 1958, Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser and Syria’s Shukri al-Quwatli merged the two countries to form the Arab Republic (United Arab Republic -UAR). The new outfit was dominated by Egyptian politics, and soon Syrians realized they had lost their identity. A small group of Syria-aligned Baathist officers pulled a coup in 1961 and effectively ended the United Arab Republic. Interestingly, the two stars on the current Syrian flag pays homage to that I’ll fated union.
- Damascus city has been continuously inhabited since 11 B.C., making it one of the oldest cities in the world
The capital of Syrian has been a vibrant city since the middle age of the Roman empire. And it has seen enough opulence and trouble for the whole time. Do you remember Paul, one of the early Christians? Then called Saul, he set for Damascus one morning to persecute the Christian inhabitants there. God wouldn’t let him do it, so he made his donkey talk to him. Saul was perplexed, changed his name to Paul, and became perhaps the most ferocious apostle of early Christianity. Magnificent!
- Minorities rule Syria
Majorities rule a country, whether it’s democratic or not. Syria, however, is unique because the Alawite, who account just 12% of the population, have been ruling the country since 1963.
The steel of Damascus is a special kind of steel only produced in Syria
Damascus is known worldwide for producing a beautifully patterned steel that is used to make unique looking swords and knives.
- Syria has been invaded and occupied as a nation most of the time it has existed
Egyptians went there first in 1500 B.C., then came the Hebrews, the Assyrians, Persians, Romans, and finally the Ottoman Turks. After World War 1, France took control of the territory until its Independence in April 1946.