Syrian Arab Republic



The Ummayad Mosque

Also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Located in one of the holiest sites in the old city of Damascus, it is of great architectural importance.


Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

After the Arab conquest of Damascus, the mosque was built on the Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist since the time of the Roman emperor Constantine I. The mosque holds a shrine which still today contains the head of John the Baptist (Yahya), honored as a prophet by both Christians and Muslims alike


The other side of Umayyad Mosque, Damascus










Souq Al-Hamidiyya

The largest and the central souk in Syria, located inside the old walled city of Damascus next to the Citadel. The souq starts at Al-Thawra street and ends at the Umayyad Mosque plaza measuring 422m.


Old City, Damascus


Christian Cogley [Click here to view his FB Fanpage and listen to his live gigs. Epic win!]


These kids tried to throw a conversation. Wish I could speak arabic; so I just grabbed my camera instead. Glad they know the drill.


One of the restaurants in Old City


Up and down


Old City, Damascus


The Tetrapylon


The Baths It is known as Zenobia's baths, consist of the 3 main parts: Frigidarium (Cold), Tepidarium (warm) and Caldarium (hot). It has a nice faced with granite columns. (2ed - 3ed Cent AD)


Palmyra Citadel


Palmyra was an ancient Syrian city, In the old times it was an important city of central Syria, located in an oasis 215 km northeast of Damascus and 180 km southwest of the Euphrates at Deir ez-Zor.

Palmyra has long been a vital caravan city for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. The earliest documented reference to the city by its Semitic name Tadmor, Tadmur or Tudmur (which means "the town that repels" in Amorite and "the indomitable town" in Aramaic.) is recorded in Babylonian tablets found in Mari.


Palmyra Colonnade


Though the ancient site fell into disuse after the 16th century, it is still known as Tadmor in Arabic, and there is a newer town next to the ruins of the same name. The Palmyrenes constructed a series of large-scale monuments containing funerary art such as limestone slabs with human busts representing the deceased.


Panorama of Palmyra


Palmyra on top of Citadel. Overlooking the massive land of Palmyra ruins. Imagine what happened here centuries back


The Temple of Bel

It is oe of the greatest temples in the acient world, was devoted to Bel (= Ba'al) the supreme God of Gods in Palmyra and Babylon. Built in the first Cent AD


THE AGORA

It is the main place for public discussions and commercial exchanges in the city and consists of two buildings: The Agora and its Annex (2ed Cent AD)


Gotcha! :P




Aleppo's souq ranks among the most authentic and atmospheric in the Middle East.





The Aleppo Citadel


The mosque in Citadel, Aleppo


The Aleppo Castle at night

It's funny how 3 people from 3 different places came accross only to see Aleppo... Life's never better!


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