On the Mediterranean's eastern end, this once gradually liberalizing Arab country and up-and-coming travel destination possesses some gems of ancient history, including Aleppo, Palmyra, and various landmarks of Phoenician, Roman, and Crusades history. But apart from the fact that except for capital Damascus much of it has been destoyed by a decade of brutal war, we also do not encourage travel to Syria because of its dictatorship's brutal oppression of its people and support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It is, however, our fervent hope is one day visitors can return to discover and explore its cultural and historic riches.

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Touring Damascus in 2019

I just came across this female European vlogger's fascinating account of a visit to Damascus. It certainly looks like a very appealing city, and underscores how little the terrible war has touched the capital. The Syrian régime is now trying to promote tourism again - but is it still a hard sell to make to most Westerners?

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Syria - where it all began

Certainly one of the very few countries in the world to claim the status of "where it all began". No study of history of the world, of religions, culture and living cities can be completed without Syria. Damascus lays claim, and probably rightly so, as the oldest living city in the world. Mahmood  

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  • We do not at this time encourage travel to Syria because of its dictatorship's brutal oppression of its people and support of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. It is, however, our fervent hope is one day visitors can return to discover and explore its cultural and historic riches.
  • Wow, just read that Syria is starting to promote tourism again, to Damascus (with the partial reopening of its once impressive national museum), Aleppo, and Homs, hoping to attract 2 million visitors by the end of this year. Is it still too hard a sale to make?

    More info here:

    https://www.newsweek.com/syria-renowned-national-museum-reopens-gov...

    Syria's renowned national museum partially reopens as government hopes to attract millions of touri…
    Most of the museum's exhibits were removed and kept in secret locations for their protection.
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  • See the EU links to Syria

    http://www.nicholasreardon.com/eu.htm
    Nicholasreardon of REARDON PUBLISHING (The Cotswold Publisher)
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  • Hi take a look at my slide show on syria http://www.nicholasreardon.com/1.htm
    Nicholas Reardon of Reardon Publishing
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