Syria Travel Guide

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Syria Tourism, Syria Tourist Attraction - Damascus

Damascus is Syria's largest city and capital located around the Barada River and Ghouta Oasis. It is one of world's oldest inhabited cities as old as 5000 BC. It offers fascinating oriental bazaars and marvelous monuments. The centre of the city is Martyrs' Square where most of the restaurants and hotels are located. The charming old city is surrounded by Roman wall.Visit city's main market the colourful Souq al-Hamidiyya. Opposite the end of the market is the Umayyad Mosque. It is a jewel of Islamic architecture, with several gorgeous mosaics and three original minarets. Saladin's Mausoleum built in 1193 is covered with rust red dome set in a pleasant garden over the northern wall of the Umayyad Mosque.

Museum of the Arts & Popular Traditions of Syria is located in Azem Palace built in 1749 from alternating lines of black basalt and white limestone. St Paul's Chape is located in the east of the Old City. Dedicated to the saint you can see the spot at the old city gate Bab Kisan, where the disciples lowered St Paul out of a window one night so that he could flee the Jews. One of Syria's most graceful mosques is Takiyya as-Süleimaniyya designed in the Ottoman style located at the south of Barada River. The National Museum, also south of the river, is worth at least one visit for a fantastic display of exhibits including writings from the 14th century BC that use the world's first known alphabet, statuary from Mari that's over 4000 years old, two halls full of marble and terracotta statues from Palmyra, Damascene weapons, old surgical instruments from surgeons' graves, a collection of 13th century Qurans and a complete room decorated in the style of the 18th-century Azem Palace.

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Syria History: Eblan civilization - Antiquity and early Christian era - Islamic era - Ottoman Era
French Mandate - Instability and Foreign Relations: Independence to 1967 - Six Day War and Aftermath
Baath Party Rule Under Hafezc Al-Assad, 1970-2000 - 21st Century
Syrian Territorial Problems: Turkish-Syrian Dispute Over Iskandaron Province - Israeli Annexation of the Golan Heights

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