Founded in the 3rd millennium B.C., Damascus is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East. In the Middle Ages, it was the centre of a flourishing craft industry, specializing in swords and lace. One of 6 World Heritage Sites in the Syrian Arab Republic!
Located at the crossroads of several trade routes from the 2nd millennium B.C., Aleppo was ruled successively by the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes and Ottomans.One of 6 World Heritage Sites in the Syrian Arab Republic!
Troy, with its 4,000 years of history, is one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world. The first excavations at the site were undertaken by the famous archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann in 1870. One of 10 World Heritage Sites in Turkey!
The two castles in the Syrian Arab Republic are evidence of the improvement and evolution of fortified architecture, dating back to the 11th century. They are one of 6 World Heritage Sites in the Syrian Arab Republic!
This historic bazaar dates back to the 13th century and consists of a series of interconnected, covered, brick structures, buildings, and enclosed spaces for different functions. It's also one of 13 World Heritage Sites in Iran!
The property exemplifies the diversity of Persian garden designs that evolved and adapted to different climate conditions while retaining principles that have their roots in the times of Cyrus the Great, 6th century BC. It's also one of 13 World Heritage Sites in Iran!
Worth checking out. If the main spire is accessible, it is neat going to the top and getting a view of the city. Lots of coffee shops around. Go a few blocks away from the center to avoid the overly touristy ones. See coffee house suggestions below.