“Damascus has seen all that has ever occurred on Earth and still she lives. She has looked upon the dry bones of a thousand empires, and will see the tombs of a thousand more before she dies. Though another claims the name, Old Damascus is by right the Eternal City”
Mark Twain, in his book Innocents Abroad 1869
Only in Damascus would a visitor mistake a church for a mosque, or a mosque for a synagogue.
This is the capital of Syria, the cradle of all civilisations.
Damascus is the oldest living city in the world.
It is the capital of the Umayyad Empire, the largest empire the world has ever seen.
It is the city where Saint Paul the Apostle was converted to Christianity and started preaching the new testament to the world.
It is the city where the head of John the Baptist is enshrined in the city’s main mosque.
Damascus is the city of the street called Straight, and the capital and resting place of Salah Eddine.
It is the defiant city whose tolerance continues to undo the Crusades, and the place which many believe will see the return of Jesus Christ.
Damascus is simply,
“Paradise on Earth”
Ibn Jubair, a famous 12th century Andalusian traveller
Frequently Asked Questions About Damascus