Damascus Old City
Rank: Top 100
Wonder Type: Cultural
Country: Syrian Arab Republic
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. The city has some 125 monuments from different periods of its history – one of the most spectacular is the 8th-century Great Mosque of the Umayyads, built on the site of an Assyrian sanctuary.
This article uses material from UNESCO World Heritage List article "Damascus Old City", which is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike 3.0 IGO License.