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,, In Aleppo and Homs, five years after the bombings, regular life restarts. Parts of the two cities are full of ruins, but vast areas are not reminiscent of the war. We saw intact roads and houses, cozy cafes with air-conditioning, locals drinking fruit juices, eating ice cream. Some places even offer free wifi." (Viktor Ohotin, 2019)

Syria - evening crowd

Syria - Homs - new buildings besides those ruined during the civil war - p.a. photo (2019)

Practicals

Transport

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Syria - Damascus - traffic

Food

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Syria food

Syria - cheese fatayers (small dough pockets with savory fillings)- Viktor Ohotin's photo

Shopping

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Syria - Damascus - market

Background

Syrian national flag

Destination in brief

Syria in brief

Syria is an Arab country in the Middle East. Neighbors: Lebanon (west), Jordan (south), Israel (south at the Golan Heights), Iraq (east), Turkey (north)

Size: 185,180 km² (71,498 mi²)

Capital city: Damascus – broadly believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, with evidence of habitation dating back at least 11,000 years.

Population: 17.3 million (2020) – More than 5 million people fled the country because of life-threatening conditions since the civil war started in 2011.

Language: Arabic is the official language

Religion: About 75% Sunni Muslim, 11% Alawite (an offshoot of Shia Islam), 9% Christians (mostly Eastern Orthodox)

Currency: Syrian pound (SYP)

Most common surname: Khaled

Safety: Many ancient monuments that used to attract tourists were destroyed during the civil war. Syria will most probably remain a no-go travel destination for a long time.
This is the opinion of some travel bloggers about visiting now: Visiting Syria as a tourist in 2020 is profoundly cynical and uncompassionate at best. At worst, it means serving as an accessory to some of the worst war crimes and human rights abuses the world has lately seen.

Some tourist attractions that have so far remained intact: The ancient part of Damascus, Krak des Chevaliers


Nowadays

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Syria - Homs - city entrance with ancient Roman arch plus portraits of President Bashar Assad - p.a. photo (2019)

Syria - Homs - traces of the civil war - p.a. photo (2019)

Syria - Homs - some buildings remained intact - p.a. photo (2019)

Syria - part of Homs in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

People

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Syria - locals

Syria -Damascus - Dad and his daughter - n.g. photo

Attractions

Damascus

Damascus - f.c. photo (2015)

Damascus - The Umayyad Mosque (or the Great Mosque of Damascus) - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Palmyra

Syria - Palmyra, visited in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Syria - Palmyra in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Syria - Palmyra in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Syria - Palmyra in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Syria - Palmyra in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Syria - Palmyra - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Aleppo

Syria - part of Aleppo in 2019 - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Aleppo - Cidalel - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Aleppo - Citadel - Viktor Ohotin's photo

Syria - Aleppo - Citadel entrance with the national flag and Bashar al-Assad - Viktor Ohotin's photo

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