Rural Damascus Governorate

 

Introduction:

It surrounds the Damascus governorate – the capital – in a semicircular way. It is distinguished by the diversity of its terrain, which contributed in the spread of resorts and touristic areas there.

 

Area and population:

Rural Damascus extends on 18.018 km2, with about 2.273.074 inhabitants, according to the last statistic conducted in 2010.

 

Rural Damascus’ importance and landmarks:

A lot of industries are localized in Rural Damascus, since most of the factories are established in this governorate. The estimated number of various industrial establishments is about 19.000, and all agricultural products stem from this governorate, nourishing most of the Syrian governorates. Its spring pours water to Damascus city, supplying the river of Barada.
Rural Damascus comprises a lot of religious sanctities particularly in Maaloula and Seydnaya.
Maaloula is famous by its unique historical landmarks, particularly the monasteries and churches, the most famous one being the “Monastery of St. Takla” and the passage carved in rocks, while Sednaya contains one of the most important monasteries in the world, “Our Lady of Sednaya”, which is ranked second in the importance after the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.