National Geographic : 1911 Jan
THE GREAT NATURAL BRIDGE OF THE LEBANON This nature-made crossing has a span of 125 feet, and 75 feet beneath flows a good stream of ice-cold water that springs from the mountains half a mile away (see page 66) A PRIMITIVE BUT EFFECTIVE MILL: DAMASCUS A camel takes the place of steam to revolve the heavy stones that crush the grain or berries for which the mill is used. The camel is blindfolded so that it may not become giddy by its many revolutions. A difficult photograph to secure, taken with a flashlight. months of summer. It may be interesting to those versed in myth ology to know that this fall and spring are connected with the myth of Venus and Adonis, and on a spot not far away are the remains of a temple to Venus which was destroyed by the Emperor Con stantine because of the indecencies practiced there. But we must not tarry longer over the charms of the Lebanon, but hasten to the city that lies under the shadow of its hills. Damascus, as already stated, is the capital of Syria, and is the ren dezvous of peoples from all parts of the Mohammedan world. It is one of the sacred cities of the fol lowers of him who, having seen the city from the back of his fiery steed, requested that "as he had to enter paradise but once, it might not be in this life, but after he had passed out of it into the future state." One cannot be long on the streets of Damascus without being inter ested in the motley crowd of hu manity that swarm its streets, and, in spite of creed and nationality, manage to keep sweet-tempered.