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Old City, Damascus

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Visit the architectural melting pot of the Middle East at Old City, a city built to survive the test of time. See the mixture of the Roman and Hellenic with Byzantine and Islamic styles in the 5,000-year-old trading center (known as the ancient city of Damascus) between Africa and Asia, now protected by UNESCO. Walk the streets within the old city walls and feel the atmosphere of history in the dense area. Spend time in a local cafe here to feel the urban lifestyle of an ancient city. Work out when and for how long to visit Old City and other Damascus attractions using our handy Damascus travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Bahsa lane where mesh nature with people now come from Damascus old lane that smells of fragrant history all its beauty with civilized touches it Damascus homeland Jasmine Flower
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  • June 22, 2017
    The Old City of Damascus is a “must see” especially during the Holy Month of Ramadan as well at night time!! Most everyone visits the Hamidiyah Souk, but I prefer the many smaller souks which run arou...  more »
  • June 5, 2017
    Feature Damascus she gathered several cities in one city, old Damascus is that city that lies at the heart of the capital and takes you on a journey through the glorious history of all his masterpieces.
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