Where to go in Damascus

Khan As’ad PashaKhan As’ad Pasha

Khan Asad Pasha is an important monument in the walled city of Damascus, within the Bzouriyyeh Souk. It was built by the governor of Syria, Asad al Azem, in 1752,being used as a storage space in the heart of a busy commercial area by a large number of shop owners

The Khan stands today as a monument that holds within art exhibitions along the year among other activities. A place which speaks in silent prayers only echoes with the tune of Talisman

 

Anania's BhurchAnania's Bhurch

 

 

 

Ananias’ Church which is famous for St. Ananias house beside the church. The house is one underground room where St. Ananias one of the Apostles disciples of jesus lived.

Maktab Anbar

Maktab Anbar 

Within 10 minutes of walking distance from Talisman is one of Damascus most beautiful houses.
Maktab Anbar which is located in the center of Old Damascus near the Umayyad Mosque. Its construction begun with Mr Anbar and completed by the Ottomans.
Recently witnessing restoration works, Maktab Anbar gains back its glamour and continues to charm visitors.

 

Nour Eddine Al-Zanki

The baths in old Damascus are
considered a landmark in its ancient architecture. The mostprominent one is Nour Eddine al-shahid in al-Buzouriyeh. It was built during the reign of Nour Eddine Al-Zanki in 12th cent A.D. It is one of the biggest baths of Damascus and is still being in operation until now.

 

Souk Al HamidiyehSouk Al Hamidiyeh

Souk Al Hamidiyeh is the largest and most famous. Marketplace in Damascus and dates back to 1863.  The souk stretches for 600 metres and is arched over iron vaulted roof that was added in 1911.  The market is renowned for Damascene textiles, antiques, women's .clothing and jewellery
Walking through Hamidiyeh is like walking through
a story. Its timeless existance finds its beauty through thousands of people who pump life into the souk daily.

 

Cathedral of the Lady Alaniah / Mary

Cathedral of the Lady Alaniah / Mary 

Likely it was established in the era of Byzantine Emperor Arcadeus (395-408) and the great construction. Sources cited historical name of Mary Church or al-maryamiyeh close to Bab Sharki .
Neglected and destroyed and then built again in 706. In the era of Caliph Omar bin Abdul Aziz (717-719) returned to their owners.

 

Damascus Citadel

Damascus Citadel 

The citadel was constructed in the 11th c.ad it was renovated in the 13th c.ad at the ayyoubid reign. It has an almost rectangular form and has an area of about 34000 sq.m

The Citadel stands as a strong monumental mass defending the old city protective, as the doors of a Damascene house. And as heaven awaited behind its doors, Damascus awaited beyond the towers of its Citadel.

 

Al-Azm Palace

Al-Azm Palace 

Located on a sideway of Bzouriyeh souk the  Azm Palace built by As’ad al Azm in 1749 above the ruins of Roman Jupiter temple the magnificant ornamints and the carefult crafted facades blend with its
heaven-like wide courtyard Isolated from the busy Souks, the palace creates one experience like no other ,An experience that is essentialy Damascene.

 

Roman Arc de Triumph

Al-Azm Palace 

Roman Damascus lies mostly at depths of up to five meters below the modern city.
This Roman Arch is one of the pieces that recovered from below the Strait Street.
The Roman architects brought together the Greek and Aramaean foundations of the city and fused them into a new layout, surrounded by a city wall. The city contained seven gates, but only the eastern gate (Bab Sharqi) remains from the Roman period.

Souk Midhat Pasha

Souk Midhat Pasha

Souk Midhat Pasha (The Long Souq): Founded by the governor of Damascus idhat Pasha in 1878. It stands above the Roman Street Called “Straight” hich used to traverse the city from Bab al-Jabieh to Bab Sharqi, and runs
parallel to Souq al-Hamidiyeh.
Souk al-Bzouriyeh is a branch of Midhat Pasha St. and apart from containing some of the most beautiful monuments such as Khan As’ad Pasha and Qasr Al-Azm, its aroma of Damascene spices add a hidden dimension to the place
Which cannot be photographed- an essence of ancient Damascus.

 

Umayyad Mosque

 

 

Umayyad Mosque

The Grand Mosque of Damascus, also known as the Umayyad Mosque is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Located in one of the holiest sites in the old city of Damascus.

The mosque holds a shrine which is said to contain the head of John the Baptist, honoured as a prophet by Muslims and Christians alike. The tomb of Salahadin stands in a small garden adjoining the north wall of the mosque.