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Damascus Sights and Landmarks Guide, Syria

Damascus, being a city so ancient, has many breathtaking views to offer for every type of visitor regardless of age, sex or religion. It is very liberal in such a way that never deprives its guests the chance of partaking in the various scenery only found in this city about eighty kilometers inland of the Mediterranean sea. The variety of things to do and places to visit is so diverse that you will think that there is never enough time to fully explore the whole city.

One of their popular tourist destinations is the Ummayad mosque. This architectural wonder has seen numerous historical occurrences happening in front of it having been once a Greek and Roman temple, then a mosque and a church at the same time, and as of late, just simply a mosque. Evidences of the great history of the city can be found inside the mosque via the Greek carvings and some Christian drawings on its walls. For the pious and the curious, it contains the grave of John the Baptist or Prophet Yahya, both significant figures in the Christian and Muslim beliefs. That is why women are required to cover their hairs, arms and feet as tribute and respect to this revered area. The good news is that its one of the few mosques in the world that is open for everyone. The Damasucs Citadel is also one sight that leaves its spectators almost breathless. Just near the Citadel is the mausoleum of Salah al-Din), the chief anti-crusader. Another thing you can list atop your itinerary is heading towards the mountain Qasioun. When at its peak, the view is perhaps most spectacular at night when the whole city is lit up and the minarets of mosques are bathed in green light. It is open for everyone with stalls for restaurants and refreshment all over the peak. Al-Hamidiyah Souk is also one adventure that would tickle anybody's fancy. Imagine traversing through busy market streets where trade happens and numerous products can be bought including spices, leather and copper goods, inlaid boxes and silk scarves.

When in Damascus, the adventure seeking spirit of any individual is somehow revitalized. This can be owed to the numerous sources of fun and the personal trips that can happen in this one big city. Therefore, when anywhere in Syria, never forget to visit its capital for an adventurous experience and also an enlightening phenomenon for the soul.

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