Friday, January 25, 2008

The Streets of Damascus

This city was the target for Lawrence of Arabia and the Arab Revolt.

It really is little wonder.

After wandering the bustling streets and souqs for days, we decided that our original plan of only a few days was too few. We were extending our stay.

There were also a few sites we wanted to see.

The largest and most prominent being the Umayyad Mosque.
The Byzantine past of this building was clearly evident in the columns and the building's style.
From everywhere in the old city, this mosque's mineret is visible whenever there is an unobstructed view. It's a nice point of reference.
Everywhere we walked in Syria, we were also given strange little reminders of their President, Mr Assad.

Apparently, he believes in us.....

And when we were feeling tired, what better way is there to relax than a nice soothing hamman?
Damascus was the third hamman I had been to in a surprisingly short space of time.

It really is true, that you never feel so clean as after a hamman!

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