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Stories and Tips Damascus

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The Gold and Spice Souqs of Old Damascus

Written by Liam Hetherington on 03 Mar, 2010

From the south west corner of of the Umayyad Mosque Souq as-Silah leads off south. You will not be able to miss the welcoming golden glow of the treasures on display here. This is the heart of the jewellers’ souq, and goldsmiths and silversmiths have…Read More


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Getting Lost off the Main Streets

Written by Liam Hetherington on 03 Mar, 2010

Most of the souqs (covered markets) of old Damascus lie in the western half (really the north-western quarter) of the walled old city. The eastern sections, while they do still have stores and shops, seem to be more residential in character. Aspects of the daily…Read More


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Jebel Arab: Land of the Druze

Written by HobWahid on 04 Nov, 2005

The Druze are the Mormons of the Middle East, or perhaps the Scientologists, members of a sect that most people know nothing about and about whom all sorts of wild stories have come about. The Druze arose out of Ismaili Shia Islam in the 10th…Read More


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Sayidnaya: Christians, Muslims, and Mary

Written by HobWahid on 04 Nov, 2005

In the mountains to northwest of Damascus lie the towns of Sayidnaya and Maaloula, the centerpieces to Syria’s Christian heartland. The first one you come to is Sayidnaya, the larger and more visited (by Syrians) of the two due simply to Notre Dame du Sayidnaya,…Read More


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The Shia Shrine of Sayyida Zeinab

Written by HobWahid on 02 Nov, 2005

If you spend any amount of time around the maHatat Hijaaz (The Hijaz Railway station) and Martyrs Square, as I did, because it is where I lived, you will undoubtedly notice a few things. One is the small number of touts asking you if you…Read More


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Bosra: Where Muhammed Met Buhira

Written by HobWahid on 02 Nov, 2005

About an hour and a half to the south and east of Damascus lies the small city of Bosra. Not to be confused with the headline-grabbing city of the same name farther east in Iraq, this Bosra is an ancient city dating back to Roman…Read More


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Christmas Among Monks

Written by HobWahid on 02 Nov, 2005

I consider myself an okay Christian, more spiritual than ritual. I don’t usuall spend my Sundays at church but make my appearances on Christmas, Easter, and various other holidays, but after a week of traveling around Syria during Christmas, I was ready to give up…Read More


souqs

Written by perrytoo on 25 Nov, 2001

The main areas for buying antique jewellery are in the souqs to the south and east of the Ommayyad Mosque, in the Gold souq on Mouawiyya St, and on Bab Sharqi leading up to the gate. The shops around the Mosque and by Bab…Read More


money

Written by perrytoo on 25 Nov, 2001

The good news is that there is now an ATM in Damascus. It's in the heart of the gold souq, next to the little car park on Mouawiyya St. The bad news is that it hasn't yet been turned on. But I…Read More


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Heritage Mansions of Old Damascus

Written by boosh on 22 Oct, 2002

This is definitely off-the-beaten-track-stuff. Originally we ventured into Old Damascus with little more than a hand drawn map from a man we met at the hotel. The challenge in finding these places is that there are no addresses and they typically have plain-jane entrances which…Read More


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