Recognized as one of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the World, Damascus, the capital and the largest city in Syria was originally founded between 10,000 to 8,000 BC. Largely comprising of a maze of narrow alleys, punctuated by doors which lead to pleasant verdant courtyards and tranquil houses, these historic Old City areas of Damascus still exhibit authentic medieval charm. Looked upon as the religious and social centre of activity even now, the increasing tourist traffic is definitely a disturbing factor for life as it has been going on within the ancient old walled city.
Served by the Damascus International Airport which is comparatively well equipped and connected with the outside world, Damascus also provides train services to Aleppo, Tehran and Istanbul. While shopping in the old markets is an enchanting experience, other popular tourist attractions of Damascus include the great Umayyad Mosque, the Azzam Palace, the Mausoleum of Salah al-Din, the October War Panorama and the Souq al-Hamidiyya.