Muhafazat Dimashq Things to Do

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Muhafazat Dimashq Things to Do

  • Omayyad Mosque

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    The Ummayad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus (Arabic: جامع بني أمية الكبير, transl. Ğām' Banī 'Umayyah al-Kabīr), is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Located in one of the holiest sites in...

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  • Souk El-Hamidiyeh

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    If Damascus is one of the oldest cities in the world – if not the oldest city in the world – one would expect it to have a considerably old souq. Damascus does not disappoint whatever the visitor’s expectation might be in this regard. Al-Hamidiya Souq is a massive complex, teeming with merchants selling everything imaginable, as well as restaurants...

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  • Azem Palace

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    Azm Palace is one of the grand old houses that can be found in the Old City of Damascus. It was built in 1750 and served as the house of Asad Pasha Azm, then Ottoman governor of the city. Today, the complex serves as a folk tradition museum that includes a number of ethnographical exhibits on the customs and clothing of the people of Syria. The...

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  • Mausoleum of Saladin

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    Saladin (Salahadin in Arabic), much feared in the West, is seen as a hero in Damascus and throughout the entire Muslim world. Saladin was a Kurdish Muslim who founded the Ayyubid dynasty and reigned over Syria and Egypt, taking Damascus in the 1170s. His capture of Jerusalem sparked the Third Crusade, but he was also known amongst the Crusaders for...

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  • Hejaz Railway Station

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    Rail travel may not been quite as well established in the Middle East as it is in Europe, but it’s not for lack of trying. During the Ottoman period, and again under British and French Mandates, colonial powers sought to connect the Middle East to the European rail network. The Ottomans built tracks all the way into the Hejaz (modern day western...

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  • Citadel

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    Ironically, the Citadel of Damascus does not occupy as commanding a presence as one might expect. The densely populated old town, with its compact souqs and the importance of its religious sites (chief among them the Umayyad Mosque) dwarf (figuratively) the main defense of the old city. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the only reason why...

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  • National Museum

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    While Roman and Greek art was highly developed in the realms of figurative sculpture and pottery, some of the best examples of the highly-developed artistic traditions of these two cultures can be seen in their architectural feats and in the design and decoration that accompanied temples and civic buildings. The garden at the National Museum in...

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  • Christian Quarter

    Damascus Things to Do

    Only about 10% of Syrians might be Christians, but the long and enduring presence of the faith in the country has led to no small division of sects among the believers. Schism after schism has created a dizzying catalogue of faiths, but it can be fun, as well, to explore this diversity’s impact on the Old City. This particular church is Syriac...

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  • Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque

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    In contrast to the tomb area of the shrine, the courtyard and the prayer hall are calm and well-organized sections. The courtyard is filled with pilgrims from various parts of the Shiite world (there are lots of Iranian and Azeri pilgrims who visit the shrine), and they set up camp here, resting , eating and chatting before prayer. While the...

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  • Beit Nizam

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    A splendid 18th century mansion, Beit Nizam served as the residence of the British ambassador in the 19th century and later as the French consulate. It was designed in the typical Damascene architectural style, with some European influences in its décor. It has two large courtyards, and a smaller third reserved for the private quarters, but all...

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  • Beit As Sibai

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    A fine example of traditional Damascene houses, Beit Siba'i dates from the 18th century. Architecturally, it might also be considered the purest Syrian form, not too different from Azem Palace, applying polychrome stripes and geometric circles, and absent of Ottoman and European influences evident in many other palaces. In the 1950s, it served as...

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  • Chapel of Ananais

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    This chapel stands on the site of Ananias' house. Ananias was the man, who after receiving a message from God, miraculously restored the sight of Saul (later known as St. Paul). The ancient chapel lies behind a modern outer building and gateway.

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  • Khan As'ad Pasha

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    Khan As’ad Pasha Khan Asad Pasha is an important monument in the walled city of Damascus, within the Bzouriyyeh Souk. It was built by the governor of Syria, Asad al Azem, in 1752,being used as a storage space in the heart of a busy commercial area by a large number of shop owners

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  • Bab Al Saghir

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    Located south-west of the old city, Bab al-Saghir was named the Gate of Mars in Roman Damascus. Much like some of the other gates in the city, Bab al-Saghir was rebuilt in the 12th century by Nureddine al-Zengi. Although it is the smallest among the gates (saghir = small), it managed to make history when Tamerlane used it to enter Damascus before...

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  • Hammam Nureddin

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    The most famous hammam (Arab bath) in Damascus, Hammam Nureddine (also spelt Nur al-Din) is also its grandest and one of its oldest. It was built by the Zengid ruler Nureddine in 1154 AD to generate income for his nearby funerary madrassa. It was significantly remodelled under the Ottomans and also restored in the 1980s. Hammam Nureddine is located...

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