10 Sights in Ancient City of Damascus Region, Syria (with Map and Images)


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Explore interesting sights in Ancient City of Damascus Region, Syria. Click on a marker on the map to view details about it. Underneath is an overview of the sights with images. A total of 10 sights are available in Ancient City of Damascus Region, Syria.

Sightseeing Tours in Ancient City of Damascus Region

1. Omayyad Mosque

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The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus, located in the old city of Damascus, the capital of Syria, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Its religious importance stems from the eschatological reports concerning the mosque, and historic events associated with it. Christian and Muslim tradition alike consider it the burial place of John the Baptist's head, a tradition originating in the 6th century. Muslim tradition holds that the mosque will be the place Jesus will return before the End of Days. Two shrines inside the premises commemorate the Islamic prophet Muhammad's grandson Husayn ibn Ali, whose martyrdom is frequently compared to that of John the Baptist and Jesus.

Wikipedia: Umayyad Mosque (EN)

2. Bab Al Jabiyeh

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Bab Al Jabiyeh

Bab al-Jabiya is one of the seven ancient city-gates of Damascus, Syria. During the Roman era, the gate was dedicated to Mars. Bab al-Jabiya was the main entrance on the city's west side. The gate opens on Medhat Pasha Souq, which is the modern western half of the Street Called Straight, the Roman east-west artery (decumanus), which still connects it to Bab Sharqi. The gate's modern name dates to the Umayyad period and comes from the name of Jabiyah in the Golan Heights, then the capital city of the Ghassanids, allies of the Roman Empire.

Wikipedia: Bab al-Jabiyah (EN)

3. Khan Assad Basha

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Khan As'ad Pasha is the largest caravanserai in the Old City of Damascus, covering an area of 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft). Situated along Al-Buzuriyah Souq, it was built and named after As'ad Pasha al-Azem, the governor of Damascus, in 1751–52. Khan As'ad Pasha has been described as one of the finest khans of Damascus, and the most "ambitious" work of architecture in the city.

Wikipedia: Khan As'ad Pasha (EN)

4. Bab ash-Sharqi

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Bab Sharqi, also known as the Gate of the Sun, is one of the seven ancient city gates of Damascus, Syria. Its modern name comes from its location in the eastern side of the city. The gate also gives its name to the Christian quarter surrounding it. The grand facade of the gate was reconstructed in the 1960s.

Wikipedia: Bab Sharqi (EN)

5. Orthodox Armenian Church

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Orthodox Armenian Church Jan Smith / CC BY 2.0

Saint Sarkis Cathedral is the cathedral of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Damascus, Syria. It is located directly at the eastern city gate Bab Scharqi on the south side of Straight Street. During the civil war in Syria, it was able to continue operations despite damage and fatalities in 2013 and 2014.

Wikipedia: St.-Sarkis-Kathedrale (Damaskus) (DE)

6. Hammam Nour ad Deen

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Hammam Nour ad Deen Jerzy Strzelecki / CC BY-SA 3.0

The bath of Nur al-Din al-Shaheed is one of the oldest baths of ancient Damascus classified in the World Heritage List The bath is located in the Bazuriyeh market branching from the famous Midhat Pasha market in Damascus next to Khan Asaad Pasha built by Sultan Nur al-Din Zengi (martyr) in 565 AH 1169.

Wikipedia: حمام نور الدين الشهيد (AR)

7. Bab Al Saghir

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Bāb aṣ-Ṣaghīr, also called Goristan-e-Ghariban, may refer to one of the seven gates in the Old City of Damascus, and street in the modern city of Damascus, Syria. It has qubûr on either side of the road, and is located in the Dimashq Neighborhood, southwest of the Umayyad Mosque.

Wikipedia: Bab al-Saghir (EN)

8. Cathedral of Saint George

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The Cathedral of Saint George is a Syriac Orthodox cathedral located in Bab Tuma district, in Old Damascus, Syria. The Cathedral acts as the seat of the Syriac Orthodox Church since 1959. It houses the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, currently Ignatius Aphrem II.

Wikipedia: Cathedral of Saint George, Damascus (EN)

9. Mariamite Cathedral of Damascus

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The Mariamite Cathedral of Damascus, also known as the Maryamiyya Church, is one of the oldest Greek Orthodox churches in Damascus, Syria and holds the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. The church complex is located on the Street Called Straight.

Wikipedia: Mariamite Cathedral of Damascus (EN)

10. Saint Anania's House

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The House of Saint Ananias is an ancient underground structure in Damascus, Syria, that is said to be the remains of the home of Ananias of Damascus, where Ananias baptized Saul. The building is at the end of the Street Called Straight near the Bab Sharqi.

Wikipedia: Saint Ananias House (EN)


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