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"The Forgotten Christian World," by Philip Jenkins.   "In the first millennium, Christianity spread east from Palestine to Iraq, and on to India and China, becoming a global religion accepting of, and accepted by, other faiths. But with the Mongol invasions of the 13th century, Christianity’s eastern journey came to an end. Philip Jenkins recovers this lost history."

The House of Saint Ananias aka Chapel of Saint Ananias, Damascus, Syria. is the ancient alleged house of Saint Ananias, in the old Christian quarter of Damascus, Syria. It is said to be the house where Ananias baptized Saul (who became Paul the Apostle)

Alleyway in Old Damascus_ Syria

A shame Syria is in such turmoil. These old alleyways are Iconic.