Al-Hamidiyah is the most famous and important market of the East at all

It is located to the west of Old Damascus, inside the fence, this famous 600-meter-long souk, built along the original Roman route. It is among the popular shopping places in Damascus.

Al-Hamidiyah was built in 1780 under the rule of Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid. The souk is named “al- hamidiyah” because of the presence of the “Ahmadiyya School” in it, which used to be where the Omawy Mosque is today.

In that time, in 1988 the shop were renewed, and in 2000, the ancient basalt archaeological columns outside the shops were appeared, because of their archaeological importance.

British tourist documents the destruction caused to Palmyra due to terrorism

British tourist Lewis Crimten made a visit to the ancient city of Palmyra to see its historical sites and the extent of destruction that took place in the city as a result of the terrorist attacks of ISIS.

SANA quoted Crimten, who works as a director of marketing in one of the major commercial companies in Britain, as saying: “I came to Syria because I have a great desire to visit the famous archaeological and tourist sites in the country, especially the city of Palmyra that is known worldwide for its ancient and glorious history. I also aim at documenting the destruction that was caused to the country's archaeological sites due to ISIS terrorist attacks".

In Damascus silver jewelry craft has flourished

Since ancient times, Damascus has been  famous for making jewelry silver. Syrian craftsmen have excelled at producing varied beautiful forms of silver that attract the attention of tourists and visitors of the old city of Damascus.

Silver production widely spread after the price of gold hiked. Shops selling silver have been decorated with precious stones such as rubies and agate, which are available in various places, including the handcraft markets in the old city.

Tourism Ministry’s Major Plans to Revive Tourism Syria's Sector and Historical Places

Syria's tourism sector suffered significant damage during the terrorist war on Syria. However the Ministry of Tourism has exerted relentless efforts and worked out a plan to revive the tourism in the country.

The Ministry is working on accomplishing a number of projects which  aim at encouraging popular, internal and religious tourism and at carrying out distinguished tourism seasonal programs in a number of provinces through working out an investment map, constructing  public parks, rehabilitating tourist facilities and reviving old heritage places.

"Jabal Al-Sayeh", The Icon of Wadi al-Nadara's Villages

Overlooking the villages of Wadi Al-Nadarah in Homs with all its tourist and archeological attractions, including Al-Hosn Fort and Margirgios Monastery, Jabal Al-Sayeh forms the third icon that characterizes the region.

Jabal Al-Sayeh (the Mount of the Pilgrim), which is about 1000 meters above sea level, was mentioned in the book "al-Naserah and Qalat al-Hosn in History" by Raja Al-Hawali. The writer mentioned that the mountain was known as Jabal Al-Bahra', but its name "pilgrim" is due to an ancient belief that one of the monks, who was called Thomas Homsi came to the region in the sixth century AD and was preaching and guiding people. So he built a hermitage next to a spring on the top of the mountain.