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Damascus

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World heritage site · Sacred & Religious Sites · Flea Markets
Locals claim that the Prophet Muhammad refused to enter Damascus on his journey to Mecca--he wished to enter Paradise only once in his lifetime. A trip to Damascus still takes visitors to a place of myths and legends, an area as rich in culture and history as it is troubled politically and economically. Possibly the world's oldest city, inhabited as long ago as 10,000 BCE, this old urban center feels truly ancient with its labyrinth of narrow alleys, lush courtyards, and humble houses. In a World Heritage-listed city known for its souqs, the best way to experience local culture may very well be just walking the streets and exploring the many traditional eateries, Turkish baths, and hookah cafes. Plan your holiday in Damascus and other destinations, from the rural, to the urban, and everything in between, using our Syria holiday maker website.
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Damascus Umayyad Mosque ©
Religious Site
Damascus Umayyad Mosque
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh ©
Flea Market
Souq al-Hamidiyyeh
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Old City ©
Neighborhood
Old City
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm) ©
History Museum
Al Azem Palace (Palace of As'ad, Pasha al-'Azm)
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Damascus

The Citadel ©
Military Facility
The Citadel
4.2
Duration: 1h 30 min
Khan Asaad Basha ©
Architectural Building
Khan Asaad Basha
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum ©
Architectural Building
Sayyida Ruqayya Mausoleum
4.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq ©
Flea Market
Takiyya Suleimaniah Souq
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in Damascus

Damascus Center
Historic Site
Damascus Center
4.3
Duration: 1h 30 min
Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh ©
Religious Site
Tekiyeh Al-Suleimaniyeh
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
St Ananias Chapel ©
Religious Site
St Ananias Chapel
3.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Yalbugha Mosque ©
Religious Site
Yalbugha Mosque
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Damascus

Deir Mar Takla ©
Religious Site
Deir Mar Takla Maaloula
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi ©
Religious Site
Deir Mar Musa El-Habashi Maaloula
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
Ma'alula Village (Maaloula) ©
Neighborhood
Ma'alula Village (Maaloula) Maaloula
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Moses Cave
Cave
Moses Cave Bloudan
4.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nature in Damascus

Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) ©
Mountain
Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun)
4.0
Duration: 1 hour
The Barada River ©
Water Body
The Barada River
3.2
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Damascus

The National Museum of Damascus ©
Museum
The National Museum of Damascus
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
Army Museum
Military Museum
Army Museum
3.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Where to stay in Damascus

Most backpacker hotels in Damascus cluster in Souq-Al-Saroujah area. Additional budget options can be found around Martyr's Square (Merjeh), which doubles as a red-light district and may not be suitable for women traveling alone. Keep in mind that the majority of the city's hotels claiming five stars actually offer rooms and services closer to what foreign tourists recognize as two- or three-star establishments.
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