Major Tourist Attractions: Umayyad Mosque, Nimrod Fortress, Khalid ibn al-Walid Mosque, Temple of Bel
The Syrian Arab Republic, or Syria as it’s more commonly known, offers the chance to experience one of the oldest cultures on earth. This fascinating country has seen its share of triumph and tragedy but despite this the spirit of the people and the unparalleled historical sites make it a unique destination.
Whilst the capital of Damascus has grown over the years, the historic walled city by and large remains, offering a unique opportunity for visitors to experience a time of days gone by. Romans conquered the city in the 6th century AD and created the maze of streets and plazas that still dominate the architecture today. The famous Al-Hamidiyah Souk, stretching for many blocks, houses unique shops selling everything from fresh fruit and coffee to jewelry and scarves.
One of the unforgettable experiences in Damascus is sipping an Arabic coffee or mint tea in one of the many coffee shops in the city. Locals will happily strike up a conversation with visitors and offer exceedingly generous hospitality.
As one of the oldest inhabited countries on earth, Syria offers a diverse range of sites to keep the curious tourist engaged:
- Sample the street food at the Al-Hamidiyah Souk in Damascus. From fresh dates to piping hot falafel you’ll find a range of tasty food everywhere.
- Listen for the call to prayer at the Great Mosque in the old city of Damascus.
- Around 130 miles north east of Damascus lie the famous ruins of Palmyra. The ancient city, with current structures dating to around 45 AD, was covered in sand from around the 6th century AD until the 17th century when it was uncovered by English merchants. Excavation since then has revealed a complex city structure with grandeur commensurate with its standing as a major trade outpost during the first few hundred years AD.
- In the north of the country lies Aleppo, the city that once rivaled Damascus for the status of capital. Wander around the Aleppo Citadel where the views from the top are spectacular.
- Get lost in the alleyways of Al-Madina Souk in Aleppo. The souk has a charm that sets it apart from other souks in the Middle East. The myriad of alleys full of wonderful wares will enthrall and beguile you.
- Stay in a courtyard hotel within the Al-Madina souk in Aleppo where you can eat breakfast in the courtyards whilst the sound of the market springs to life.
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