9 Sep 2010
The Shrine of Saida or Sayidda Zeinab is an impressive Mosque on the outskirts of Damascus. Covered in the Iranian blue-tiled architecture it is an inspiring place and a major pilgrimage for Shia Muslims that come to worship the sacred shrine of Saida Zainab, the granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad.
Inside there is a unique atmosphere where children play, relax, eat and contemplate alongside men and women. People spend hours here just hanging out.
Everyone is welcome inside, although as a woman you have to cover, the black cloaks are provided free of charge at the entrance.
It is a place I have worked very close to for months, but yet only ever managed to get to once. It's always the places close to you that you think, "ah, I'll go another day," and then one day you realize that the opportunity has gone. In the future I'll try and not put such things off for another day.