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Mount Qassioun in Damascus
Mount Qassioun in Damascus

Mount Qassioun

(Dp-news – Sana)

DAMASCUS- the Mountain is the meeting place for the Damascenes who sing the praises of its beauty and have spun stories and myths on it. They go there at dusk to relish the astounding scene of Damascus from above.

Mount Qassioun overlooks the city of Damascus as if embracing it, imparting a sense of protection. People go there seeking refuge from the scorching summer heat. Therefore, the mountain is well-equipped with cafes and terraces so that visitors can enjoy the ravishing scene. Equipped with the necessary stuff adding to a jovial picnic, including hubble-bubble, tea pot, and backgammon, families turn out to sit at the edge of the mountain, enjoying the bracing breeze and the scene of flickering lights.



The mountain resembles a popular park whose visitors stay up late. They climb to the top of the mountain to take photos and enjoy the scene of Damascus buildings as if striving hard to climb atop.

Mount Qassioun is held in high regard by the Damascenes for its holy places. The myth has it that Adam, father of humanity, had lived on the mountain, and that Cain killed his brother Abel at the top of the mountain which, according to the myth, had shed tears over the crime.

The mountain also has many grottos, natural and man-made, such as al-Joueia (hunger) grotto, named thus for 40 messengers who had sheltered there to hide from infidels with only one loaf of bread, and each giving the loaf to his friend to eat until they all died of hunger.

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