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Damascus Holidays Overview
Damascus is the capital of Syria and its largest city.Damascus lies about 80km away from the Mediterranean Sea and is located on a plateau that is 2200 feet above sea level. Damascus which is often credited with being the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world is divided into two sections, an old walled city which lies on the south bank of the Barada River and a newer more urbane section which occupies the other areas of the city.
The old walled city is the heart and soul of Damascus, which is populated with a labyrinth of narrow alley ways and old homes. The old walled city has a medieval air about it and continues to be the religious, commercial and social center of Damascus.
Historical records indicate that Damascus was established between 10,000 and 8000 BC and the city has been occupied by various global empires down the ages like the Greeks, the Romans and the Christians though Damascus served the site of the first Islamic empire when it was conquered by the Rashidun Caliphate in 634 CE.The city gained much power and prestige during the reign of Umayyad Caliphate which lasted from 661 to 750. During this time Damascus was the capital of a vast empire that extended from Spain to India.
Today Damascus is a bustling city where the old world peacefully co-exists with the modern world, and souqs, mosques and hammams( bath houses) stand cheek by jowl with hotels, restaurants, fashionable shopping districts and European inspired Art Deco residential neighborhoods.
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holidays - Top Events
The Damascus Film Festival
he highly acclaimed Damascus Film Festival which originated in 1979 is held at various venues around the city every other November. This festival offers independent film makers a platform to display their works as it seeks to improve relations between Arab and European filmmakers, actors and screen writers.
The Damascus Theater Festival
This festival originated in 1969 as a biennial festival. The event usually features the participation of several international theatre companies and performers. The Damascus Theater festival generally offers more than 40 productions that feature Arab, Middle Eastern artistes who perform alongside European performers in this performing arts festival which is usually held in the month of November.Dox Box
This is a new festival which was founded in 2008. Dox Box is a festival that features documentary films and is one of the few festivals in the region that showcases non-fiction offerings. This festival is usually held in March and features several internationally acclaimed documentaries, panel discussions and seminars which are held at various venues in the city. These screenings and discussions are free to the public.
holidays - How to Get There
Airlines like Emirates, Etihad, Qatar, Qantas and Austrian Airlines provide air links from the Australian cities of Sydney and Melbourne to Damascus though the flight time of these journeys depends on the route that you choose to fly and the stops that you are compelled to make.
Australia doesn’t have a diplomatic mission in Syria and the Canadian embassy offers consular services to Australians in Damascus.