The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus, built upon a Christian Basilica where John Baptist is buried taken over by Arab rule. 624

The mosque of Umayyad caliph al-Walid in 706 CE, after the Muslim conquest of Syria. Severely damaged in

Hamidyeh souq/market... the most amazing market I have ever seen...Put it on your Bucket list...that is when Bashar Assad it taken down and Syria regains its greatness and freedom!!!...

Al-Hamidiyah Souq. Al-Hamidiyah Souq is the largest and the central souk in Syria, located inside the old walled city of Damascus next to the Citadel. The souq starts at Al-Thawra street and ends at the Umayyad Mosque plaza.

Old damascus, Syria

Narrow winding alley´s in the ancient city of Damascus, Syria

Damascus, Syria. Here is where I will wander ancient streets and think about all the history around me. But I will make friends there among the ladies, and together we will marvel at the architecture and giggle about things beneath our veils and go shopping in the market and barter with the sellers.

Merchants and craftsmen have sold their wares outside the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus, Syria for hundreds of years. A UNESCO World Heritage Site. by Christopher Herwig, Aurora