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Straight Street

Shaghour Jowani, Damascus, Syria
Straight Street, or “Souq Midhat Pasha” as it is known today, is the biblical “Street Called Straight”, which still kept its original path since the Roman Period.

It is the central street of the Old City with a length of around 1500m stretching from the west at Bab Al-Jabieh to the east at Bab Sharqi.

Today, the Street is referred to as Souq Midhat Pasha in relation to the huge market, which the Ottoman Governor of Damascus Midhat Pasha had established along the path of the original Roman Street in the second half of the 19th century.

The original Roman Street is buried around 5m under the current level, and parts of its remains have been dug up in various excavations.

These remains can be seen today decorating parts of the existing Street, particularly towards Bab Sharqi.
Historical Periods: Ottomans, Roman Period


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