Damascus Syria

Damascus Syria

In the heart of the Middle East, Damascus, Syria has two interesting nicknames: the ‘Jewel of the East’ and the ‘Bride of the Earth’. It’s also believed that Damascus is where Abraham was born, an important figure in Judaism, Islam and Christianity. Damascus is also thought to be the place where Cain killed his brother Abel. The Apostle Paul was said to have lived in a house in Damascus on Straight Street. Old Town Damascus was once enclosed by walls with several gates. Most of these are gone today. The Grand Mosque of the Old City took a decade to build and is the first mosque to use domes as part of the support architecture.

Damascus Syria ~ Videos: Here is an excellent 9-minute video detailing some of the history and the sights to be seen in Damascus.

FunFacts about Damascus Syria: (Source)

  • Basic information, quote: Damascus is the capital of the Syrian Arab Republic; it is also the country’s largest city, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city. It is colloquially known in Syria as aš-Šām and titled the “City of Jasmine”. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world. (Source)
  • Metro Damascus has a population of over 5 million.
  • Damascus is located in southwest Syria.
  • The Barada River flows through Damascus.
  • Damascus was settled 4000 years ago.
  • Damascus is the seat of the government of Syria as well as all government ministries.
  • Damascus was built on a strategic plateau 680 m (2,230 ft) above sea level.
  • Damascus is beautifully situated along important trade routes, quote: the north-south route connecting Egypt with Asia Minor, and the east-west cross-desert route connecting Lebanon with the Euphrates river valley. (Source)
  • Since ancient times, Damascus was surrounded by what is called the Ghouta. The Ghouta contains farmland where many vegetables, cereals and fruits are grown.
  • The Old City of Damascus, enclosed by the city walls, lies on the south bank of the river Barada.
  • Damascus has a cold desert climate.
  • Archaeological evidence suggests this area has been inhabited for 11,000 years.
  • Because of its ancient roots and a wealth of historical sites, Damascus has tremendous tourism potential. But the current political climate severely limits interest.
  • Though Islam is the dominant religion, Christians make up 15-20% of the population.
  • The Citadel of Damascus is located in the northwest corner of the Old City.

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29 thoughts on “Damascus Syria

  1. Damascus has such a long and famous history. The architecture is amazing and would be great to see in person.

  2. I am amazed at the detailing on all the old building – beautiful. I would love to see it all in person.

  3. I enjoyed watching the video, Damascus Syria does have a lot of history. I would love to see the architecture in person one day.

  4. Such history! The importance to our religious past is evident. Would make a great trip.

  5. The architecture and history is amazing. The photo of the inside of a place of worship is stunning.

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  6. Gorgeous pictures and just love the old architecture. Damascus has such an ancient history. Such a shame travel there isn’t safe now with the government upheaval-so much history to see. AZ

  7. So much history and amazing architecture. I can only hope that it isn’t destroyed or damaged too badly and that someday I get the chance to visit.

  8. What a beautiful exotic looking place. It is definitely a place I would love to be able to visit but for now daydreams will have to do.

  9. It’s such a pretty place. The buildings are spectacular. And I love the local character. It’s a shame though that traveling has become so dangerous.

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  11. What a beautiful place! Too bad it’s in a location not conducive to tourism. Anyone who values their life would not take a vacation in Syria. It’s a shame such a beautiful place with thousands of years of history can’t be enjoyed by those with an eye for culture & history.
    I would love to travel to Damascus!

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