- Thetwo stars in the Syrian Flagrepresent the previous union between Syria and Egypt.
- Syria is a founding member of the United Nations.
- Thelargest lake in Syria, Lake Assad, is actually man made and has only existed since 1968.
- TheNational Museum of Damascus contains relics and artifacts from every age, starting with the Prehistoric Age and extending to the modern Classical Age.
- Damascus, thecapital city of Syria, is called the “Jasmine City.” It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world.
- TheAssyrian New Year falls on April 1st. Celebrated with the arrival of spring, Kha b-Nisan literally means the first of the month of Nisan.
- TheShouting Valley is the meeting point of four countries: Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Israel. It is an “echo point,” and people often use it to communicate with their relatives on the other side.
- Thecity of Damascus gets its name from Damask, a variety of cotton fabric rich in exquisite patterns.
- Syria wasthe largest Arab state to emerge from the ruins of the Ottoman Empire.
- Syria iscurrently suspended from the Arab League.
- Theonly Pope to ever visit a mosque was John Paul II. He visited the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus in 2001.
- Syria wasunder emergency laws for a staggering period of 48 years from 1963 to 2011. In 2011, the Syrian Civil War started.
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