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... their goods to potential customers. I was able to see the detail in goods such as woven tapestries, bowls or jewelry. For their artwork i was able to see the influence from the Byzantines and Sassinans I was able to take notice the architecture and the homes in Damascus whether they were from the poor or rich for traditional Damascene are often modest looking on the exterior but on the inside are architectural and artist filled with fine goods built around courtyard ...
... br> Damascus museum, souk Al-Hamidieh and several other souks, palaces, Khans, and old schools and Bimarestans are additional attraction in the old city. Khan Assad Pasha was built in 1752 under the patronage of governor Assad Pasha al-Azm.
The Umayyad Mosque, also known as the Grand Mosque of Damascus, is one of the largest
mosques in the world and also one of the oldest sites of continuous prayer since the rise of Islam. A shrine in the mosque is said ...
... somewhat ironic that although American-Syrian relations are strained and usually at odds over Middle East policies, Syrian people have a very similar problem to Americans in that they desperately want foreigners to judge them not by their government's policies and actions but by them as a people. This is easy to do because Syrians are incredibly friendly and welcoming people. Tourism is in it's nascency in Syria so tourists and even more so backpackers ...
... br> After they get over their initial shock, their reaction is : “Laaaaaaaa….wallahi?” meaning ”Nooooo you swear?”And after that its pretty smooth sailing. They get really happy and exclaim “Alhamdullilah” – meaning praise be to God, and they have all these wonderful questions ' “Are their mosques in America? “, “ Can you wear the hijab? “ Syrians are very curious people and its fantastic to answer ...
After about 1 hour from Amman, we arrived at the Jordanian border. We had to pay 8JD as an exit tax but it was straight forward.
Now, the next big hurdle is a Syrian visa. We had heard various stories about this. The guidebook says you must obtain Syrian visa before entering the country, possibly at your resident country. But when I googled various stories from travellers, most people say that you can get it ...