“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 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 biggest empire the world has ever seen.
It is where Saint Paul the Apostle was converted and began preaching Christianity to the world.
It is 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 city whose religious harmony defeated the Crusaders, and the city which many believe will see the return of Jesus Christ.
It is simply, “Paradise on Earth”
Ibn Jubair, a famous 12th century Andalusian traveller
Frequently Asked Questions About Damascus