1. People have been living there longer than almost anywhere else
2. Syria was part of the Roman Empire
3. The country was home to some kick-ass queens
5. Glass was invented by Syrians
Around 100 BC, an unknown Syrian craftsman was struck with a glorious idea and made the technological breakthrough that forever changed the world of glass... He used an iron tube - a thin iron pipe.With a blob of gooey glass on the end of his tube, he blew into the tube and found that he could blow the glass into the round shape of a jar. The time- and labour-consuming step of making a clay pot became obselete.
Glass blowing has remained a Syrian craft up until today.