Syria, the jewel of the Middle East

The past few years have become increasingly tumultuous and the Arab world has forgotten the meaning of peace. Despots and tyrants have been toppled, new regimes installed and yet the world remains as it is. It’s almost as though we want to move forward, but are too scared of what the future may hold.

With this, you still have one of the greatest of modern day wars ravaging in Syria, one of the jewels of the Middle East. Aside from the most important thing, the mass loss of lives and the thousands displaced, what is it about the destruction of Syria that makes it so hard to swallow?

The rich history

Syria has six World Heritage sites; all of these have faced extensive damage from the start of the war till now.qalat-salah-el-din

  • The Ancient City of Aleppo
  • The Ancient City of Bosra
  • The Ancient City of Damascus
  • The Ancient Site of Palmyra
  • The Ancient Cities of Northern Syria
  • The Crac des Chevaliers
  • The Qal’at Salah El-Din

 

Religious sites

  • The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Great Mosque of Damascus, is located in the old city of Damascus, is one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. After the Arab conquest of Damascus in 634, the mosque was built on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist (Yahya), honoured as a prophet by Christians and Muslims alike.Damascus, Umayyad Mosque
  • Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque is a mosque located in the city of Sayyidah Zaynab, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, Syria. The mosque contains the grave of Zaynab, the daughter of Ali and Fatima, the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad.

 

The loss if livelihoods and the eldest market

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Souq Al-Hamidiyah is the largest and most central market in Syria, located inside the old walled city of Damascus. It starts at Al-Thawra Street and ends at the Ummayad Mosque plaza.

Despite the ongoing strife, Snapchat stories from this previous Ramadan showed that there is still so some hope for this market and that it still has visitors.

 

Fine foodbakdash_ice-cream_shop_in_the_old_souk_in_damascus

Bakdash is an ice cream parlour that was established around 1885 in Souq Al-Hamidiyah in the old city of Damascus. It is famous for its pistachio covered booza, a pounded ice cream with an elastic texture made from mastic (Arabic gum). The parlour is famous around the Arab world and used to be a popular tourist attraction.

 

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