Al- Quneitra Governorate
Al-Quneitra is located Southwest of Syria. It originated as a station on the convoys road to Damascus.
The area was inhabited from thousands of years, since many excavations and prospecting works revealed that the fishermen from the Old Stone Age lived there, also St. Paul of Tartous passed through it in his way from Jerusalem to Damascus.
Harriet Patterson, an American traveler, wrote about Quneitra stating that it is magically surrounded by eucalyptus trees, and it is a nice place where you can have your lunch, chilly under the trees, often quiet and peaceful.
Area and population:
Al-Quneitra extends on 1200 km2, with about 90.000 inhabitants- according to the last statistic conducted in 2010.
Al-Quneitra’s importance and landmarks:
A large part of Al-Quneitra is distinguished by fertile volcanic soil that helped to increase the agricultural activities, particularly wheat crops, and formed plentiful pastures.
Al-Quneitra gained a strategic importance since it is the main station on the road to Palestine which gave it the opportunity to become a prospering market.
Some of its famous monuments are the “Museum of the Liberated Quneitra”, which displays artifacts from the old and median city’s past.
The Pope John Paul II visited it in 2001.