Sheraton Damascus Hotel
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... by the fact that it has a round altar, which was prohibited at the Council. Mar Sarkis is designed after the pattern of the martyrion (a shrine dedicated to a martyr) and is dedicated to St. Sergius, a Roman soldier who was executed for his Christian beliefs (Sergius has a grander basilica in Rasafa, Syria). The convent of Mar Sarkis retains its historic feel and owns ...
... as the salesmen seemed to be harder to bargain with as Iftar approached. Also, the souk that seemed devoted to materials, industrial goods and tourist items during the day opened up to food sellers at all times as Iftar approached. Lots of raw meets, fresh produce, breads, drinks and sweets all made their way out of the cracks after 5pm. Of course, some restaurants around the Aleppan citadel, and generally in this secular Damascan city, are open to tourists. But ...
... street life. Famous Umayyad mosque dominates the old city and is a good orientation mark. This is where modern and conservative ways of thinking meet. Due to its strategic location (as a start point for Beirut and Amman as well as Palmyra and some day trips), Damascus gets lots of tourists and widespread big camera decorated foreigners can put you out. Besides standard fast food I tried shish touk chicken, but my stomach refused it. On the market’s main ...
... filled with money and not have to worry about someone robbing me.
I still cant believe that the US says that Syria is a terrorist training ground. I feel safer traveling in this country than I do in some places in the US. The people here are sincerely friendly and helpful. Most of them don’t speak English, but they all know how to say “Welcome”. I think everyone should make a trip to Syria to see how hospitable ...
... before Damascus where it became drier and more desert-like. It took us 4 hrs, and after an hour Safur asked if we wanted to stop for “toilette or drink.” “No.” we replied. What we didn’t know was that was the only opportunity we’d get…after 3 hrs Safur pulled into a roadside kiosk “sorry, must have coffee” he told us. “No probs” we replied as he lit a ciggie.
Back in Damascus, into the ...