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What to see?

Scotland
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What to see?

We have two days on our own in Damascus, before joining a tour of the sights of Syria, and would like recommendations on the more unusual things to visit in the city that wont necessarily be in the guide books

Perth, Australia
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1. Re: What to see?

im not sure if the followings are in or nott in guide books however

The One Thousand and One Night restaurants on the road to airport

The Chami Village/Little Syria near airport

The Damascus Gate restaurant The Largest in the World very impressive

The Kane and Able Shrine/Mosque with 40 Mehrabs on the top of Mt Kassion

The Horses and Pigeon Market

The Weeping Virgin Mary of 'Sofania in AlKassa near bab touma

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3. Re: What to see?

Hi, you can spend two day's walking around Old Damascus and discover the alley ways, Straight street and the Souks discovering many local handcraft work shops producing anything from wood inlay Marquetry) furniture to chessboards as in the following website: http://www.akbik.com/view_product.php?id=186

If you are in a tour group you will probably be herded to the tourist places of interest and there will not be time to discover the old city at your own leisure. There are many nice little coffee shops towards Bab Touma and Bab Sharqi.

You can also visit the smallest pub in Damascus in straight street, about 10/15 meters down Straight street from Beit Zaman towards Bab Sharqi.

If you are more adventurous, you can try your rope ladder climbing abilities by climbing over the wall of Old Damascus and have tea at Damascus Hostel which is built on the old walls. http://www.damascushostel.com/

You can also visit the glass factory of Abu Ahmad - from Bab Sharqi walk under the highway to the opposite side ( in doing so you will pass by parts of the original excavated wall of Damascus. On the opposite side of the road walk towards the Mosque about 20 - 30 metres down the road and turn right in a smelly little road. After another few metres turn right again up a small alley to the glass factory. and other craft factories.

Have a great time discovering old Damascus

Scotland
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4. Re: What to see?

Thank you for those ideas. It will be lovely to see the untouristy bits of old Damascus. Will definitely follow up all suggestions.

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6. Re: What to see?

Hi

I visited two years ago with a tour group - and have wanted to return ever since! Many tour groups visit Damascus for one day before moving on - the main sights covered are the Umayyad Mosque, the Ananias Chapel in the Christian Quarter, the Musuem and the Souqs. At night we were taken part way up Mount Qassioun to a viewing point overlooking the City - looking down at the Damascus lights was amazing but the one thing I would definitely do if I return is to go back to Mount Qassioun just before the call to prayer at sunset.

I hope you have a great time.

Deb

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7. Re: What to see?

Thanks for that. We are just back and did most of what you suggested. It is indeed a fascinating city and the people are so kind. A Syrian lady even insisted on paying for some spices I bought in the Souk.

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8. Re: What to see?

Hello Is there a chance you know if the Abu Ahmad Galss factory has a web site or an e mail. I would like to contact them, thanks for advising

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