Damascus – Markets
دمشق – اسواق

Perhaps nowhere else in Syria does the country’s vibrant culture come alive as in the traditional markets of its major cities. While Syria’s incredible historic monuments attract visitors from around the world, many leave the country more deeply impressed by its wonderful people and their culture, which is openly on display in Syria’s markets. Exploring the markets of Damascus (دمشق) will likely be one of the most memorable experiences for those visiting the country from abroad.

Damascus (دمشق) has several markets, but those of most interest to visitors are located in the western sector of the old city, focused on the famed Souq al-Hamidiyeh (سوق الحميدية). This market stretches from the western end of the old city to the Umayyad Mosque (الجامع الاموي), the heart of the old city. Various other markets, each specializing in their own products, spread through the streets and alleyways south of here. Of particular interest is the colorful spice market located just south of the Umayyad Mosque (الجامع الاموي) near Qasr al-Azem (قصر العظم) and Khan Assad Basha (خان اسعد باشا). Numerous other historic monuments are also located throughout this section of the old city.

 

Getting There: Souq al-Hamidiyeh (سوق الحميدية) stretches from the western end of the old city to the Umayyad Mosque (الجامع الاموي), mostly along the southern edge of Damascus Citadel (قلعة دمشق).

Coordinates: 33°30’41.00″N / 36°18’15.00″E

Transliteration Variants: None

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