Damascus

Set in a large oasis, Damascus is the centre of all the ancient Middle Eastern caravan routes. It is said to be the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city. We can follow the footsteps of St. Paul down the “Street called Straight” mentioned in the Bible, and you can visit the Ommayyed Mosque, the fourth holiest place in Islam; the El Azam Palace (folklore museum) and the National Museum are worth taking a look at. Damascus has a great feel about it. It is a busy modern Arabic city but with a wealth of history and culture. Visitors are surprised by the charming and friendly atmosphere of this big city. There is no doubt that this is the centre of a proud Arabic people who love to trade and the city bazaar and souks are fantastic. Make sure you allow yourself time to wander through the bazaar and definitely try out the local food, especially the baklava.

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