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Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, Damascus

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Flea Market Landmark
A bustling burst of life leading to the center of the old town, Souq al-Hamidiyyeh stands as the central bazaar in the city and one of the most established in Syria. In use for centuries, the market underwent major renovations in 2002. Amble from food vendor to clothing emporium, souvenir shop to local handicraft, making your way to the ancient Roman archway marking the entrance into the heart of Damascus' old town. Plan to see Souq al-Hamidiyyeh and other attractions that appeal to you using our Damascus tour planner.
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  • You can find everything and more! bargain sellers make discounts! You can spend a day on the market, to hide from the heat! Be sure to try the ice cream with pistachios!
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  • I was in Damascus for a week in the summer of 2009 so a little while before the war, and in this week I went twice to Souq al-Hamidiyyeh, it's a beautiful place where you can walk around, buy souvenir...  more »
  • View photos: this wonderful Souk trovfa between the Citadel and the great Umayyad mosque and is one of Damask-covered souk, the largest. Observe life as it flows through its narrow streets full of sellers of ... life! With the smells of spices and coffee, the colors of fabrics and of every good sale, its lights that make night one day. The Syrians are all dear friends, decent people, worthy, let yourself be carried away by their stories while sitting on chairs sipping on yummy tea that will offer you, you will not regret it.
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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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