Damascus Off The Beaten Path

  • Minshieh Park
    Minshieh Park
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  • A monument in the park
    A monument in the park
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    A close-up of the monument
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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Damascus

  • 1. Jebel Qassioun

    They shine at night, they seems to be so far from us, standing up on this mountain...Drinking a hot tea, my eyes lost in yours, no words are needed cause our hearts are talking already...Oh God, i...

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  • 2. Arab Poetry Institute

    Poetry occupies a very important place in Arab culture. It, not the novel or the epic, is the repository of Arab literary tradition, and Arab poets have created...

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  • 3. Malik Faisal Street

    Malik Faisal Street is what the French call a "quartier populaire" or a working class neighbourhood. Nevertheless, it is an interesting window into the lives of...

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  • 4. French Mandate Houses

    I will readily admit that I have no idea what this particular house is or who built it, but I can see, from what is available of the inscription over the door,...

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  • 5. Argentine Monument

    It is estimated that there are over ten million people in Latin America who claim heritage from what might be called "Greater Syria": the lands of the Levant...

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  • 6. Museum of Arab Medicine and Science

    During Europe's Dark Ages - when the learning and knowledge of the Roman and Greek areas was lost to the ignorance of theocracy and war - the Arab World became...

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  • 7. Four Seasons Hotel

    I understand that the Four Seasons Hotel is probably better placed under the Hotels section, but I did not stay at the hotel, and thus wouldn't be able to...

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  • 8. Iranian Cultural Centre

    While not quite as famous as Alliance Française or the Goethe Institut, the Iranian government does indeed fund cultural centres intended to promote the...

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  • 9. Minshieh Park

    This is hardly a historical attraction or a park of great importance, but Minshieh Park is a beautiful green spot in a city that can, otherwise, seem a bit...

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  • 10. The Fallen

    Syria saw fierce fighting in both World Wars.Those of you interested in this aspect of the country's history might like to find their way to the Commonwealth...

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  • 11. Salihiyya - Mosque & Mausoleum of Mohi al-Din

    Located in Salihiyya Quarter, this early Ottoman mosque was built in the 16th century in a mix of Ottoman, Mamluke and Syrian styles. Attached to the mosque is...

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  • 12. Abu Roummaneh

    For a different experience when visiting Damascus, jump in a taxi one afternoon and ask the driver to take you to Abu Roummaneh. It is a high end residential...

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  • 13. A great view of Damascus

    I had no ideia how big was Damascus until visit Jebel Qassioun, the "mountain" right behind Damascus. We went in a taxi and stopped near a coffee shop. It`s...

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  • 14. Khans

    If you walk through one of the old gateways leading off Souq al-Hamidyya or Straight Street, you will probably find yourself in a small courtyard of one of the...

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  • 15. Daytrips from Damascus

    There are many destinations outside of Damascus that one could (must) visit when in Damascus. The options are plenty, but some can be done in a day, others...

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  • 16. Salihiyya Quarter

    Located at the foothills of Mount Qassioun, the Salihiyya neighbourhood was built in the 12th century to house refugees escaping the Crusader invasion of...

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  • 17. Daytrip to Seidnayya

    Seidnayya is situated only 26 km north of Damascus and can easily be visited on a daytrip using public transport, also including Ma'alula. Buses to Seidnayya...

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  • 18. Daytrip to Maalula

    Maalula is situated about 50 km north of Damascus and can easily be visited on a daytrip, also including Seidnayya.It is a charming little village in a narrow...

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  • 19. Shahba

    Shahba, or Philippopolis, is an ancient Roman city, founded by Philip the Arab. Constructions started in 244AD, but stopped five years later after Philip’s...

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  • 20. Maalula

    One of the reasons Maalula is famous, is because it is one of the last places where people still speak Aramaic, the language of Christ. It is a beautiful, small...

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  • 21. Seidnaya

    In this small town stands the beautiful Greek Orthodox Convent of Our Lady, founded by the Byzantine emperor Justinian in the 6th century. According to the...

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  • 22. Bosra

    Well, it’s not exactly “off the beaten path”, since Bosra is a significant destination for everybody visiting Syria. This is not strange; Bosra has one of the...

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  • 23. Into Lebanon

    It is possible to visit Baalbek in Lebanon in a day trip from Damascus. If you can spend the night in Baalbek so much the better, but it is possible to get...

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  • 24. Souq Saroujah

    This area of Damascus, just outside the walls of the old city, north of the footbridge over ath-Thawra, is a mix of a few grand old houses, now mostly very...

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  • 25. Boys' toys

    Sitting somewhat incongruously between the treasures of the National Museum and the grace of the Tekkiye Mosque, the garden surrounding the Army Museum is full...

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