The oldest city in the World?

Damascus Travel Blog

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Today is spent in Damascus, getting to know more of Syria’s ancient and intriguing capital.Some say it is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world while others claim Cairo has the at distinction.

Whatever the truth the city is steeped in a fascinating history that spans both biblical and Muslim history, Damascus is one of Islam’s great cities, a thriving modern metropolis that is filled with a myriad of mosques, bazaars and captivating back streets.

The conservatism of the desert and of the Islamic faith have helped to preserve a sense of historic continuity in a city that during the 7th and 8th centuries was the centre of the Islamic world, where even today there are many memorials to the golden ages of Saladin and the Ottoman Turks.

A guided tour of the city takes us through some of its historic heart,visiting the city’s National Museum,its lavish Ottoman Azem Palace and the splendid Umayyad Mosque (the Great Mosque). One of the most important sites in the Islamic world, the mosque is without doubt one of the greatest architectural creations of its time and even the desecrations, earthquakes and fires of the intervening centuries have done little to detract from its majesty and grandeur.

Our comprehensive tour ends amidst the colourful chaos of the bustling Hammadiyeh bazaar, the old city’s centre of trade, where you can happily find everything from carpets and silver, to pots and pans. 

hauteboy says:
Congrats on your feature! I loved Damascus and Syria as well
Posted on: Jun 06, 2015
Chokk says:
Congrats on the feature :)
Posted on: Jun 06, 2015
rsvpme says:
Congrats on the feature....
Posted on: Jun 05, 2015
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