Giovanni Lo Curto Photographer

Dair Mar Musa al-Habaschi

Syria 2009

This reportage aim to investigate the changing reality of the monastery Dair Mar Musa al-Habaschi from a monastic life to a mass religious-touristic destination.

The Call for proposal "Sham Spiritual Oasis" ask to present projects to create a way-station for an environmental, cultural and religious Protected area of about 14 hectares. A space for meditation and contemplation with an educational museum focusing on the environment and cultures, a multi-purpose hall (for eating, meeting, learning), crafts workshops and selling points, a hostel of 100 beds and a camp site, plus optional additional facilities of their choice.

This Reportage, started in 2009, still in a early stage due to the political situation in Syria.