Central Damascus Tour (Self Guided), Damascus

Being one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world, Damascus has a lot of places to explore. In its center you will find fascinating museums, ancient holy places, a public park and many other amazing attractions. The following tour will help you discover the central part of Damascus.
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Central Damascus Tour Map

Guide Name: Central Damascus Tour
Guide Location: Syria » Damascus (See other walking tours in Damascus)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.9 Km or 1.2 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Al Minshieh Park
  • National Museum of Damascus
  • Sultan Sulayman Mosque
  • Hejaz Railway Station
  • Mamluk Tengiz's Mosque
  • Yalboogha Mosque
  • Sanjaq Daar Mosque
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Al Minshieh Park

1) Al Minshieh Park

Al Minshieh Park, a wonderful public park, is a spacious green area with benches, beautiful trees and striking local plants. On warm summer days it attracts a lot of tourists and locals.
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National Museum of Damascus

2) National Museum of Damascus (must see)

The National Museum of Damascus is a large museum in the heart of Damascus. It was founded in 1919 at Madrasseh al Adiliyeh. The current building was constructed in 1936, with wings being added in 1956 and 1975.

The exhibits are organised into 5 wings: Prehistoric Age (Remains and skeletons from different Stone-Age periods); Ancient Syria (Many Exhibits from ancient sites such as Ebla. The most important of these is the world's first Alphabet); Classical Age (This wing contains Roman, Greek and Byzantine exhibits. It includes many rare statues, as well as stone and marble sarcophagi. It also includes a jewellery section, and many other exhibits which may not be found in any other part of the world); Islamic Age (The facade of an Islamic palace has been moved and reconstructed as the museum's main entrance. Some of the contents of the palace are also located in the museum, including carvings.

It also contains many exhibits made of glass and metal, as well as coins, from different periods of Islamic History. There are also scriptures from the Ummayad era to the Ottomans.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sultan Sulayman Mosque

3) Sultan Sulayman Mosque

Sultan Sulayman Mosque is one of the most impressive religious buildings in Damascus. Dating back to 16th century, it was constructed by the Ottoman Sultan, Sulayman I. Later, an additional mosque was added by Selim II. At this holy complex you will also find the tomb of Sultan Vahidettin, the last Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
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Hejaz Railway Station

4) Hejaz Railway Station (must see)

The Hejaz Railway was a narrow gauge railway that ran from Damascus to Medina, through the Hejaz region of Saudi Arabia, with a branch line to Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea. It was a part of the Ottoman railway network and was built to extend the line from the Haydarpaşa Terminal in Istanbul beyond Damascus to the holy city of Mecca. It got no further than Medina, 400 kilometres short of Mecca, due to the interruption of the construction works caused by the outbreak of World War I.

The main purpose of the railway was to establish a connection between Constantinople, the capital of the Ottoman Empire and the seat of the Islamic Caliphate, and Hejaz in Arabia, the site of the holiest shrines of Islam and the holy city of Mecca, the destination of the Hajj annual pilgrimage. Another important reason was to improve the economic and political integration of the distant Arabian provinces into the Ottoman state, and to facilitate the transportation of military forces. The railway is remarkable both for having had no debt when completed and for having many miles of track below sea level.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mamluk Tengiz's Mosque

5) Mamluk Tengiz's Mosque

Mamluk Tengiz's Mosque is a beautiful mosque located on the city’s main street, Al Nasr Boulevard. This religious building also houses the tomb of its founder and great Mamluk governor, Prince Tankaz.
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Yalboogha Mosque

6) Yalboogha Mosque

The Yalbugha Mosque, built in 1264, was a Mamluk construction located along the Barada River, overlooking Marjeh Square. It was one of the most famous, influential and beautiful mosques in Damascus, and served as a resting point of the Hajj caravan. It took its name from Yalbugha, the governor of Damascus, who restored it in 1443. The ancient mosque was demolished in 1975 and replaced by a larger one bearing the same name. The new mosque remains unfinished due to its uneven settlement.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sanjaq Daar Mosque

7) Sanjaq Daar Mosque

Sanjaq Daar Mosque, located near the Damascus Citadel, is another ancient religious building. It is a precious landmark of great historical and cultural value. With its attractive minaret and dome, it is a fine example of marvelous Syrian architecture.

Walking Tours in Damascus, Syria

Create Your Own Walk in Damascus

Create Your Own Walk in Damascus

Creating your own self-guided walk in Damascus is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Souq Medhat Pasha District Tour

Souq Medhat Pasha District Tour

Souq Medhat Pasha houses the Midhat Basha Bazaar, Babel Jaabiyah and other amazing attractions. Take the following tour to visit the most fascinating places in Damascus’ Souq Medhat Pasha district!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles
Bab Sharqi Street Walking Tour

Bab Sharqi Street Walking Tour

Bab Sharqi Street, or Street Called Straight, is one of the main roads in Old Damascus and home to several interesting attractions. Here you will find the historic Eastern Gate, the magnificent Roman Arch, amazing local shops and various churches. Don’t miss the opportunity to check out the great attractions listed in this tour.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.6 Km or 0.4 Miles
Old Damascus Landmarks Tour

Old Damascus Landmarks Tour

Old Damascus has many precious historic landmarks that are full of mystery. The following self-guided tour will lead you to Damascus’ most amazing landmarks.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.9 Km or 0.6 Miles
Eastern Old Damascus Walking Tour

Eastern Old Damascus Walking Tour

The east end of Old Damascus is home to numerous tourist attractions, including the historic Kisan Gate, the Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral, the Orthodox Armenian Church and its old houses. We invite you to take the next walking tour to discover this fabulous area in Old Damascus!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Old Damascus Cultural Venues

Old Damascus Cultural Venues

Damascus is home to numerous cultural venues, including the outstanding Maktab Amber Museum, the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions, the historic Shukri al-Quwatli House, Madrassa az-Zahariyya and the informative Nordin Old Hospital Museum. Take the following tour to visit the most fascinating cultural venues in Damascus!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Northwest Damascus Tour

Northwest Damascus Tour

Damascus has plenty of marvelous tourist attractions. Its northwest area is home to the ancient Al Dahdaah graveyard, the beautiful Al-Tawbah Mosque, the Museum of Historical Documents and Al Harikah Square. Follow the next self-guided tour to visit these amazing places and more!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles