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Historical Facts

The Qanawat Quarter

What Is?

The Qanawat Quarter is an 18th century upscale neighbourhood of Damascus which lies just outside the Old City Wall.

This neighbourhood was built in an area that was the water intake of Damascus Old City during the Roman Period.

It is in reference to the Roman aqueducts, whose remains can be still seen today, that the quarter got its name “Qanawat” meaning “Canals” in Arabic.

Roman Aqueducts

Roman Aqueducts

Most of the Roman Aqueducts that used to bring water from River Barada to Damascus are today buried underground in the Qanawat Quarter. Nevertheless, parts of these aqueducts are still visible in some of the quarter’s alleyways.