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Wikipedia: "Damascus (Arabic: دِمَشق‎ / ALA-LC: Dimashq; commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic: الشام‎ / ash-Shām) and, known also as the City of Jasmine (Arabic: مدينة الياسمين‎ / Madīnat al-Yāsmīn), is the capital and the second largest city of Syria. It is also the capital city of one of the country's 14 governorates. In addition to being one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Damascus is a major cultural and religious center of the Levant. The city has an estimated population of 1,711,000 (2009 est.)

Located in southwestern Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.6 million people (2004) Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres (50 mi) inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres (2,230 ft) above sea-level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate due to the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus.

First settled in the 2nd millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. During Ottoman rule, the city decayed completely while maintaining a certain cultural prestige. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries. Damascus was chosen as the 2008 Arab Capital of Culture."

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A: Damascus Old Town

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Just behind the huge Omayad Mosque in ancient Damascus

Damascus Old Town

B: Damascus Syria - Antique and local art shop

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Wikipedia: "Damascus (Arabic: دِمَشق‎ / ALA-LC: Dimashq; commonly known in Syria as ash-Sham (Arabic:...

Damascus Syria - Antique and local art shop

C: Umayad Mosque in Damascus

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Inside the patio of the Umayad Mosque in Damascus Originally the main building of the mosque was a ch...

Umayad Mosque in Damascus

D: In the old Souqs ( Markets) of Damascus

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In the old Souqs ( Markets) of Damascus

In the old Souqs ( Markets) of Damascus

E: Damascus Paleis

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Damascus Paleis

F: Damascus Azam Palace

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Damascus Azam Palace

G: Damascus Old Town

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The Gold and Spices shops in old Damascus

Damascus Old Town

H: Ummayad Mosque

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 Wikipedia:  The Ummayad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus (Arabic: جامع بني أمية ال...

Ummayad Mosque

I: Arabian Sweets

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Arabian Sweets

J: Damascus Hamadye Souq

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Damascus Hamadye Souq

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