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Ancient City of Damascus
Site number:
20
Type of site: Cultural
Date: 3rd mill.BC
Date of Inscription: 1979
Location: Middle East, Syrian Arab Republic, Administrative District of Damascus
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Description: Damascus, having been founded in the 3rd millennium B.C., is among the oldest cities in the Middle East. It was, during the Middle Ages, the centre of a thriving craft industry focusing in swords and lace. Some 125 monuments from various periods of its history grace the city – among the most impressive is the 8th-century Great Mosque of the Umayyads, constructed on an Assyrian sanctuary site. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
  Damascus(دمشق transliteration: Dimashq, also commonly known as الشام ash-Shām) is the capital and largest city of Syria. It is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (see section: Ancient history), before Al Fayyum, and Gaziantep. Its current population is estimated at about 4.5 million. The city is a governorate by itself, and the capital of the governorate of Rif Dimashq (Rural Damascus). --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. For 360 degree imaging of this site, click here.
Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/20
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
 
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