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Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun), Damascus

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Climb Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) to see the city of Damascus as if it were in the palm of your hand. The mountain that overlooks the city represents a site connected to numerous legends, both Christian and Islamic. You can visit the cave said to mark the spot where Adam lived and Jesus prayed, as well as where Cain killed his brother, Abel. According to Islamic belief, some prophets also hid in the same place, eventually dying from hunger. Today, the mountain stands out as a favorite tourist attraction, with numerous restaurants and cafes at different altitudes where, while having a delicious meal, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city beneath you. Mount Qassioun (Jebal Kasioun) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Damascus Edition.
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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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  • It is not bad to go to this place to have a wide view of damascus. I went there befire this war .but I did not like this city.  more »
  • You'll sure have a nice time visiting the top of Mount Qassioun. The atmosphere is great and the view of Damascus is sublime. It's a soothing experience. It would have been even better if there were b...  more »
  • Visited summer 2010 If you are in Damascus and have some free time, it is definitely worth the drive to see the view from here. It is amazing to see how sprawling the city really is.  more »