Journals Syria

Aleppo: The Souq At The End Of The Silk Route

Created by Liam Hetherington on March 8, 2010 Best of IgoUgo

5 Reviews
3 Stories

Aleppo was once one of the greatest market places in the world, a bazaar at the western end of the great Silk Route through the Levant, Persia, India and China. Get ready to bargain in the largest souq (covered market) in the world...

1001 Nights: Tales of the Old City

Created by Liam Hetherington on March 3, 2010 Best of IgoUgo

8 Reviews
2 Stories

Stepping into the Old City of Damascus is like stepping back into the pages of the '1001 Nights'. Souqs, saints, and storytellers all weave a fantastic spell...

Damascus: New And Old

Created by Liam Hetherington on March 1, 2010 Best of IgoUgo

5 Reviews
1 Story

Damascus is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world. Even the New City has roots over a millenium old. Nothing is replaced; everything is reused and recycled. As I was to find out...

Middle East Wanderings

Created by Madlobster on May 24, 2006 Best of IgoUgo

2 Reviews
3 Stories

A train trip through Turkey to Syria, a delightful destination.

Exploring the Religions of Syria

Created by HobWahid on November 2, 2005 Best of IgoUgo

2 Reviews
5 Stories

Syria is a patchwork of religions, and religion is an important part in determining identity. Each region of Syria is like a new country with its own religions and customs. Sunnis, Shia, Alawis, Druze, and Christians all call Syria home and contribute to its unique culture. Explore them.

Hama and the Orontes Valley

Created by HobWahid on January 26, 2005 Best of IgoUgo

10 Reviews

Due to its central location, Hama is the perfect base from which to see Syria, with crusader castles, Byzantine ruins, and Roman cities all within a 1-hour drive. Hama probably has the largest concentration of sights in Syria.

The Desert Ruins of Palmyra

Created by HobWahid on October 16, 2004 Best of IgoUgo

6 Reviews

Located unfathomably in the middle of the desert, the ruins of Palmyra are among the greatest Roman-era ruins around today, both for the spectacular setting and the enormous ruins themselves. Easily the equal of Pompeii or Ephesus, Palmyra is a must-see on a visit to Syria.

Mesopo-mania: Travels in the Syrian Jezira

Created by HobWahid on October 10, 2004 Best of IgoUgo

5 Reviews
3 Stories

Mesopotamia, the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, is the cradle of civilization, a land of ancient empires and lost cities. Today most of it resides in Iraq, but a good amount still lies in Syria, and unless you're strapping on Army fatigues, this is the closest you'll get.

In The Path of the Crusaders

Created by HobWahid on September 28, 2004 Best of IgoUgo

5 Reviews
2 Stories

The Jebel Ansariye region of Syria is a mountainous region along the coast that has been a cradle of civilization throughout history. Today, it is famous for the numerous Crusader castles that have been preserved and hidden in the mountains. Here are my favorites.

Aleppo: Syria's Second City

Created by HobWahid on September 20, 2004 Best of IgoUgo

6 Reviews
4 Stories

Aleppo is Syria's second city after Damascus, and, although they are in the same country today, the two cities have very different pasts, which has created two very different cities. With old souks, mosques, and a citadel, Aleppo is a history lover's dream.

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