Pictures of Assad monastery visit posted on Instagram

Pictures of a rare trip by Syria's president Bashas al-Assad outside Damascus have been posted on social media site Instagram.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has made a rare trip outside the capital Damascus Credit: Instagram/syrianpresidency

Mr Assad was visiting the Mar Saks Greek Orthodox monastery in the Christian town of Maaloula, according to state media.

Pictures of Bashar al-Assad visiting a 4th century monastery were posted on his Instagram account Credit: Instagram/syrianpresidency