Damascus is the capital of the Umayyads, the city of Jasmine, the capital of Syria and its cultural and touristic heart. It is one of the oldest cities in the history of the world and the oldest capital in the world. It is the city of the Barada River and the Mount Qasioun. Damascus has many historical, touristic and heritage characteristics that make the hearts of tourists more inclined toward it than anywhere else.
A journey to Damascus can satisfy and quench the thirst of the tourist as it has many historical, cultural, touristic and natural attractions. Damascus is blessed with many unique monuments, including the Umayyad Mosque, which attracts thousands of tourists annually. It is considered one of the most famous mosques in the world with its beautiful architecture and magnificent mosaics that astonish visitors, and with its distinctive majestic minarets and the beautiful Khazna Dome, where Islamic architecture lovers can enjoy this architectural masterpiece. You can also visit the Sayeda Rukaya Mosque and the Sayeda Zeinab Mosque for more enjoyment of the design and beauty of the Islamic architecture.
The Old Damascus Gates are another distinctive landmark. They are a collection of historical gates, located on the old Damascus wall. The castle is also one of the most beautiful historical sites, built in the Seljuk era, in addition to the Roman arch, which is considered to be one of the unique Roman monuments. The city also has the shrine of Saladin Al-Ayoubi and the National Museum, which you can visit to see the wonderful historical monuments and exhibits, in addition to the Historical Museum of Damascus, which attracts visitors to the collections that it conjoins, of pictures, antiques and other collectibles that tells stories of the history of the ancient city of Damascus. In addition, you can visit other sights and landmarks including the Army Museum, Hanania Church, Azm Palace, Khan Asaad Basha that is a cathedral and a unique architectural masterpiece.
On the other hand, if you prefer the outdoors and nature, you can go to Mount Qasioun, which is one of the best hiking and entertainment places that surrounds the city of Damascus and overlooks it, so you can watch the entire city of Damascus from above. Furthermore, to enjoy nature, you can visit Ghouta to see the stunning scenery along a plain of orchards, rich in lush trees and fruit. Gouta is one of the most fertile areas in the world with lush and fruitful trees, birds and fresh plants, so make sure not to miss the splendor and beauty of spring in Damascus, which is full of fragrant jasmine blossoms, berries, apricots and peaches.
If you like shopping, you will find lots of distinctive places to buy wonderful souvenirs and gifts, such as Damascus Market with its small bazaars and many shops that offer unique pieces and old stuff, such as carpets and ornaments.
There are many various hotels distributed throughout Damascus, which are competing to attract visitors by providing many services and advantages. Besides, there are a lot of restaurants, some located in the city center and others in the outskirts, and they provide Damascene food, traditional delicious Syrian dessert and various dishes of international cuisines. At those restaurants you can eat shawarma, glomerulus, baklava and lots of delicious food.
Damascus has an international airport, which is the station for domestic and international flights as well. In addition, the means of transport in the Syrian capital are available as any visitor hopes, and vary between taxis, buses and rented private cars. Also, many tourist agencies offer touring services to learn about the city.