From the Syrian Ministry of Tourism.
Follow them on Facebook and learn of many more fantastic ancient Christian sites to visit such as the town of Ma’loula (where Aramaic, the principle language spoken by Jesus is still spoken today) or the incredible 11th-century crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers.
In the heart of Damascus, One of the oldest churches ever built.
The smell & fragrance of old History & Christianity spreading out in every corner,
It is a small underground Chapel ( five meters below ground level today ), this was likely the street level during the Roman period, where Archaeological excavations in 1921 found the remains of a Byzantine church from the 5th or 6th century ..
The Historical Church houses only a small Altar, some Icons and a few pews.
The #Icons in the church tell the story of the conversion of #Saul_of_Tarsus, who converted to Christianity & became St. #Paul_the_Apostle, when Hananiya (Ananias) received a divine revelation from #Jesus_Christ instructing him to visit Saul, and by placing his hand’s upon his eyes, restored Saul’s vision. and Ananias baptized Saul and became Christian,,,
The Gunpowder Plot: 17th-Century False Flag
The Anti-Catholic Story Tested Against the Evidence.
“The Gunpowder Plot” of 1605 – known at the time as the Gunpowder Treason Plot or the Jesuit Treason – was billed as a failed assassination plot against Protestant King James I of England by a group of English Catholics led by Robert Catesby.
The official story was that the “conspirators” were going to blow up the House of Lords during the opening of England’s Parliament on the 5th November by igniting a massive cache of gunpowder stored in the cellars under the Houses of Parliament. The alleged conspirators, we are told, hoped to inspire a widespread revolt in which a Catholic monarch could be placed on the throne.
Also allegedly involved in the plot were a number of other Catholics including Guido “Guy” Fawkes, a veteran of the military. Fawkes was supposedly given charge of the explosives. One version of the “official” story is that he was caught in the act, just as he was lighting the fuse attached to the pile of gunpowder.
At their trial on Jan. 27, 1606, eight of the survivors, including Fawkes, were convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Almost all of them had confessed after weeks of brutal torture.
The Protestant ruling elite subsequently used the Gunpowder Plot to continue cracking down on the practice of Catholicism in England and foment perpetual war with England’s neighbours. More Catholics – lay and clergy alike – were hunted down, tortured and either imprisoned or executed. Many Catholics went into hiding.
But was the Gunpowder Plot a “false flag,” an event in which one group frames another for a crime for some political end? And how does the evidence stand up to real scrutiny? Was the plot even possible? Was it more likely that members of a government faction had set up the plot themselves using infiltrators and double agents?
Propaganda about the event was, and still is, used to unify the people against Catholics, with state-sponsored holidays in which effigies of Guy Fawkes, in particular, were burned as the public lit bonfires and celebrated the foiling of the “dastardly” scheme. What’s the truth? Find out in a reprinted edition of an 1897 book by John Gerard, who bears the same name as one of the Catholic priests pursued for involvement in the Gunpowder Plot.