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President Assad and Wife, Asma, Pay Christmas Day Visit to Syrian Convent

In the video above we see Syrian President Bashar Assad and his wife, Asma, being warmly received at the Saidnaya Convent, a 1600-year-old religious site that is regarded as sacred to both Christians and Muslims. Located approximately 20 miles north of Damascus, the convent, according to tradition, was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I after he had visions of the Virgin Mary telling him to build a church there. Today the facility serves as a convent as well as an orphanage for girls.

Photos of the visit can be seen here.

9 thoughts on “President Assad and Wife, Asma, Pay Christmas Day Visit to Syrian Convent

    • No wonder they give him such a warm reception. If it wasn’t for Assad they likely would have been murdered long ago. They probably view him as a saint.

  1. Great post; thank you. I’m so glad to see the nuns and their convent in what appears to be good condition; I’d speculate that the Syrian government has ensured special security there and at other storied Christian sites. I’ve written at other blogs that President and First Lady al-Assad are, IMO, the “first couple” of the world; if I were Syrian, I’ve no doubt that I’d be far prouder of them than I have been of, e.g., B-movie-actor RReagan and his astrologer-acolyte Nancy; GHWBush of “deep doo-doo” and “voodoo economics” infame and his tyrant/bi*ch wife Barbara; womanizing BClinton and the awful HClinton; “dry drunk” war criminal GDubya Bush and his spouse; and the Palestinians’ nemesis Obama who inter alia shoved his own pastor, Rev./Dr. Jeremiah Wright, under the bus and whatshername…with Trump soon set to trump them all. Viva Syria!

  2. I had to educate a guy on a blog site on the importance of Syria and its influence on post pagan Christian Europe,it was in Syria that the European Greeks and Romans engaged with early Christianity,and it’s spread through the occidental Hellenic world,culminating with emperor Constantine’s christian conversion of the Roman empire,and its strands spreading all through pagan Europe..The Assad’s are highly educated people and obviously want to keep Syria’s multi ethnic and religious flame alive,It was never a religious war in the pure sense,after all,the Syrian Arab army is mostly sunni muslim,the real conflict was wahabbi theocrat barbarians financed by foriegn powers vs civilised secular people, who wanted their cultural mosaic kept intact..

    • Yes, Ozy, you are right. Syria is very important in the history of Christianity, and particularly Damascus. One of its streets, Straight Street, is mentioned in the Book of Acts. I had a chance to visit there in 2014, and they have a church there on Straight Street which is where, according to tradition, St. Paul once spent the night.

    • Thank you, Ozy, for an enlightened comment. Perhaps 10 years ago, I was e-mailed a 52-slide depiction of historic Syrian Christian lands and buildings scattered throughout the country. It was glorious, breathtaking. I’ve lost it due to computer change-out(s) in the interim. One of my principal Arabic teachers in 1964-5 at the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, was a youngish handsome, debonair, sharp dresser Syrian who played no small part in my 22-years-old conversion from the propaganda of Leon Uris’ “Exodus” to the reality of Palestine. I’ve never been able to realize the dream, but I’ve always said that, if I could choose a visit to any country or countries on earth, it would be Syria with Iran a close second–and then Palestine, but I don’t want to set foot in the country as long as it is Zionist-occupied, -persecuted, and -soiled. (My recently passed wife, a Japanese, was/is from a country that is dear to my heart in a far more personal way, and I have enjoyed numerous on-scene encounters with Japan’s beauty, history, traditions, language, and people.)

      • You seem to have a very illustrious history behind you, Robert. Thanks for sharing. I hope you get to make your dream trip to Syria. I found the people there very friendly and gracious, and ever since my visit I’ve tried to make it a top priority to expose and call attention to what the West is doing to their country.

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