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Stories and Tips Syria

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The Largest Souq In The World

Written by Liam Hetherington on 08 Mar, 2010

The medina, or old city, of Aleppo is old. A fierce regional dispute simmers with Damascus about precisely which of Syria’s two main cities is actually "the oldest continually inhabited city on earth", and which is merely runner up (Damascus probably just about has the…Read More


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Ramadan in Aleppo

Written by Liam Hetherington on 08 Mar, 2010

While the month of fasting called Ramadan is treated somewhat casually in some parts of the Muslim world, in Aleppo it is very much observed. This northern city is known as being more conservative in religious matters than Damascus, and you will certainly see more…Read More


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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


The Kindness of Strangers

Written by Liam Hetherington on 01 Mar, 2010

His name, he told me, was Anwar. His name meant ‘light’ – the day of his birth saw his little Syrian village connected up to electricity for the first time and he was born that night beneath the glow of an electric lightbulb. He told…Read More


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Aleppo - A Syrian Wonder

Written by Madlobster on 25 May, 2006

With a population of more than two million, the city vies with Damascus as the longest, continually habituated location in the world. For more than 8,000 years, people have lived here, worked here and brought up families. The culture is secure, comfortable, impenetrable and welcoming.…Read More


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The Ruins of Mari and the Joys of Local Transports

Written by HobWahid on 10 Oct, 2004

The ruins of Mari (Tell Hariri in Arabic) were crucial in furthering our understanding of ancient Mesopotamian culture. Among the great treasures found here were hundreds of statues and a hundreds of clay tablets that provided crucial insight into the language and culture of the…Read More


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Staring down the Turks at Ain Diwar

Written by HobWahid on 10 Oct, 2004

Immediately after descending from the bus at the Malikiyeh mini-bus station, I was approached by a Syrian police officer. He gave me a stern look and asked in Arabic, "Where are you going?" I told him that I just wanted to go see Ain Diwar.…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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