Syria Things to Do

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Syria Things to Do

  • Omayyad Mosque

    5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    The Omayyad Mosque, which I saw it in 2011 when we started our middle east trip was so beautiful. It was built by Abdulmelik bin Merwan who is the fifth calif of umayyad dynasty. ?t is rumoured that he said "I will built a mosque which was not built in the past and will not be able to built in the future"

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  • Citadel

    Aleppo Things to Do

    The doorway into the Citadel at the top of the ramped bridge is located on the right hand side. It was deliberately placed on the side in order to prevent attackers from forcing their way into the citadel. Above the doors are the most interesting intertwined snake carvings along with Arabic inscriptions. Past the doors is a zigzag of corridors with...

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  • Souk El-Hamidiyeh

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Christian Quarter

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Jedida means new in Arabic so letterly means new quarter, Mainly resindent are Armenians and Maronite who settled in Aleppo some time ago Christians in Aleppo have a good high life stype mostly working in business.

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  • Azem Palace

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Souqs

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Aleppo's souk is the best in Syria and perhaps the whole of the middle east. An entire day or more could be dedicated to exploring intriguing shops in a narrow grid of alleys with vaulted ceilings and stalactite domes, set along the straight roads that were once the Roman cardo maximus and decumanus maximus. Although the souk has existed since...

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  • Hejaz Railway Station

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Umayyad Mosque

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Since its construction in 1090 AD, the magnificent square minaret has become a defining symbol and a focal point for the city of Aleppo. It was added to the mosque by the Seljuks who renovated the Omayyad Mosque edifice that was left to them by the previous dynasty, the Hamdanids. The intricately carved 45-metre high minaret is a fine example of...

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  • Mausoleum of Saladin

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • The Old City

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Aleppo Things to Do

    The Mahmandar Mosque was built in 1303 by Hassan ibn Blaban ibn al-Mahmandar, who gave the mosque its name. Its unique feature is the beautifully carved minaret, which exhibits central Asian influences in its architecture. The base of the minaret is square and the middle is octagonal, while the upper section is cylindrical and the top is flat. Each...

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  • National Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • National Museum

    Aleppo Things to Do

    The Aleppo Archaeological Museum, a rather unattractive 1970s building, houses an excellent collection of Syrian archeological finds. The objects on display guide the visitor through time and every civilisation that existed in Syria from pre-historic to Islamic, and most were found in and around Aleppo. The entrance of the museum is decorated with...

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  • Citadel

    5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Bab Antakya - Antioch Gate

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Named after the city it faces, the Gate of Antioch is located at the western end of Old Aleppo. Although a gate existed on this site since Graeco-Roman times, and possibly earlier, the structure as we see it today dates from 1245 AD, with minor later additions. It was once one of the more important gates of Aleppo as it gave access into the city's...

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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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  • Madrassa Halawiyya

    Aleppo Things to Do

    As Crusaders forces ruthlessly pillaged the Aleppine countryside in the 12th century AD, the ruler of Aleppo converted the ancient Great Cathedral of Saint Helena into a mosque as a means of passive revenge. The 6th century cathedral, which had been erected over the original cathedral built by Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, had...

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  • Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque

    5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Hammam Al-Nahasin

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Hammam al-Nahasin, or Bathhouse of the Coppersmiths, is in the oldest part of Aleppo's covered souk, and dates back to the early thirteenth century. It was restored in 1985. It is now one of the most luxurious hammams in Aleppo, with a circular steam room under a domed roof.

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  • Beit Nizam

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Hammam Yalbougha An Nasry

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Considered Syria's most beautiful hammam (Arab bath), the 16th century Hammam al-Nasri continues to function to this day. It is distinguishable by the yellow dome and its façade's alternating yellow and black stones. A recent successful restoration has made this hammam most popular, particularly among tourists. It also opens for women twice a week.

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  • Beit As Sibai

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • The Clock Tower

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Every city in the Ottoman Empire seems to have been gifted with a clock tower in the early 20th century. Aleppo was no exception. Its clock tower was designed in Ottoman-Baroque style, typical of the late 19th/early 20th century. It is located just outside the old city limits at Bab al-Faraj area. Seen in the attached photo is the clock tower, with...

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  • Khan As'ad Pasha

    5 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Khan Al Gumruk

    Aleppo Things to Do

    The largest of Aleppo's khans, Khan al-Gumruk (or al-Joumruk), was built in 1574 by the Ottoman governor, Hanzade Mehmet Ibrahim Pasha, in the heart of the covered Aleppo souk. It housed banks, as well as the consulates of French, British and Dutch commerce, and thus became the centre for foreign trading and diplomacy. Gumruk translates to...

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  • Bab Al Saghir

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Saint Simon Citadel

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Saint Simeon Citadel: It’s a great place to visit The Saint Simeon was a Byzantine Church And the center of the church there’s a big great stone where wise Simeon decided to pass his life upon it…meditating and praying and philosophizing!!! The view , nature , stones , has special energy… That will never leave you unimpressed.

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  • Chapel of Ananais

    4 out of 5 stars

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Yalbouga Hammam

    Aleppo Things to Do

    Bath is considered to be the most beautiful bathrooms in all Aleppo, and is located in front of the south tower of the Citadel of Aleppo, built and is due to the early rule of the Mamluks in the middle of the fourteenth century AD. When he took the sword of state Prince Mamluk Yaboulga, and it was to the bathroom three basements of the castle and...

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  • Hammam Nureddin

    Damascus Things to Do

    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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  • Museum of Popular Tradition

    Aleppo Things to Do

    The Museum of Popular Tradition, even if you are not interested in this kind of things, still worth a visit. Situated in Al-Jdeide quarter, it is sheltered in Beit Ajiqbash, a beautiful decorated house of the 17th century. Each room has a different collection: an exhibition of guns from the ancient till the crusader and the Ottoman’s era, the...

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  • The Fortress of St. Simeon

    How this young man preferred to live his religious way of life until he died after decades of offerings was worth remarkable visit to this abandoned Fortress.St. Simeons Monastery, In Arabic also called "Qalaat Semaan", the Fortress of Simeon is located on a mountain which is not reachable by many people. It is a sanctuary dedicated to St. Simeon....

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  • CRAK DES CHEVALIERS-Castle of the...

    Visiting SYRIA is not complete without visiting the CASTLE of the KNIGHTS--"THE CRAK DES CHEVALIERS".Along the Lebanon boundary is the greatest Castle in the World the Crak des Chevaliers.It was the headquarter of the Hospitallers- the knights of St. John. It stands 2,300 ft. above sea level and commands the strategic valley between Homs and...

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  • Mushabbak Church

    One of the best-preserved churches in the 'dead cities' of northwestern Syria, al-Mushabbak is located about halfway between Aleppo and Saint Simeon. The church dates from the late 5th century AD and was built to provide an initial stop along the important pilgrimage route to Saint Simeon. As a result, the best craftsmen and architects were...

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  • Apamea

    Situated one hour north-west of Hama, Apamea is a must see for anyone visiting the region. Founded in 300 BC during the Seleucid period, this city flourished under the Romans and remained important until Crusader times. The city was destroyed in the two major earthquakes of the 12th century and was never rebuilt. The archaeological site is most...

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  • Hama

    One of the most picturesque cities in Syria, Hama is graced by the Orontes River, beautiful medieval architecture, and less congestion than the largest Syrian cities. The city is most famous for its numerous ancient water wheels, known as Noriahs, whose sound and lazy motion add to the city's charms. Hama, whose history spans 4000 years, was known...

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  • Palmyra

    Situated in the heart of the Syrian Desert, Palmyra contains one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world. Tadmor, as it is known in Arabic, is Syria's crown jewel of tourist interests. The city owes its existence and historic significance to the natural water springs that irrigate its oasis, whose location in the middle of the...

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  • Aleppo

    Aleppo, Halab in Arabic, Beroea to the Ancient Greeks and Romans, is modern Syria's second city. Like its arch-rival, Damascus, Aleppo claims to be the longest continuously inhabited city in the world. For a time under the Ottoman Empire, Aleppo was Syria's largest and most important merchant city whose location at the end of the Asian Silk Road...

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  • Damascus

    Damascus, Syria's capital and largest city is situated at the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon Mountain range, on the edge of the desert surrounded by the agriculturally rich al-Ghouta oasis. The oasis and the convergence of desert caravan routes allowed the city to flourish and become one of the most important religious, cultural and political...

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  • Bosra

    A sleepy provincial town at the southern limits of the Hauran region, Bosra was a glorious city in its ancient past. It had been an important trading entrepôt connecting the Levant with Arabian merchants from the Hijaz well before the Nabataeans selected it as their capital city in 70 AD. The Romans annexed the entire Nabataean Kingdom in 106 AD,...

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  • Krak des Chevaliers

    The most magnificent of all Crusader castles, and possibly of all mediaeval castles around the world, Krak des Chevaliers, is located 45 minutes west of Homs. Although its origins go back to the 10th century, it was not until the Crusaders occupied it that it was turned into this formidable defence structure. After the departure of the Crusaders,...

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  • Maaloula

    Hidden in a breathtaking deep narrow valley at the foothills of the Anti-Lebanon Mountains, Maaloula has served as a refuge to smaller Christian communities since Roman times. The town's isolation has also preserved Aramaic, the language spoken by Christ, to this day in local churches, and supposedly in the homes of some of its native inhabitants....

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  • Saint Simeon

    One of the largest churches in Christendom, the Church of Saint Simeon stands in partial ruins in the countryside of Aleppo. It was built in the late 5th century AD by Emperor Zeno on the site of the pillar on which an ascetic Syrian shepherd spent a long period of his life in isolation. The enormous martyrium-church, consisting of four Basilicas...

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  • Serjilla

    One of perhaps 700 "dead cities" in north-western Syria, Serjilla is said to be one of the best preserved and most complete. These dead cities are better described as abandoned villages dating from Roman and Byzantine times around the 4th-6th centuries AD, but seem more like eerie ghost towns whose inhabitants left only yesterday. This is due to...

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  • Seidnaya - A pilgrimage to Syria's...

    Although most the convent buildings at Seidnaya are 19th century, the tiny chapel at the heart of them is a very ancient foundation indeed. It was founded by the Emperor Justinian in the 6th century CE to house a miraculous icon of the Virgin that is said to have been painted by St Luke and has been a centre of pilgrimage ever since. Beloved of...

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  • Maaloula - Aramaic spoken here

    The village of Ma'alula, in the Ante-Lebanon mountains, is one of only a handful of places in the world where Aramaic, the language Christ spoke, is still known and understood. The little blue and white houses of the village pile and up and spill through the tight valley beneath the monastery of St Sergius (Mar Sakus). The area has been an...

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