Eastern Old Damascus Walking Tour (Self Guided), Damascus

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!
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Eastern Old Damascus Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Eastern Old Damascus Walking Tour
Guide Location: Syria » Damascus (See other walking tours in Damascus)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.2 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Bab Kisan (The Kisan Gate)
  • Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral
  • Orthodox Armenian Church
  • Qasr Naasan
  • Chapel of Ananias
  • Dheraar Ben Alazwar Mosque
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Bab Kisan (The Kisan Gate)

1) Bab Kisan (The Kisan Gate) (must see)

Bab Kisan is one of Damascus’ seven ancient city gates. Located in the southeastern part of historic district, it was named in memory of a slave who became famous during a conquest by the Caliph Mu'awiya. The wall was built during the Roman era and was dedicated to Saturn. This gate is famous for being the escape route of St. Paul. He was lowered from a window in the wall, into a basket, and with the help of his disciples, made his escape at night and fled toward Jerusalem. Today it is the location of the Chapel of St. Paul.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral

2) Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral

Within walking distance of Bab Kisan, you will find the Greek Catholic Patriarchal Cathedral. This beautiful religious building features several small fountains in its courtyard, a beautiful clock tower and a fine interior.
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Orthodox Armenian Church

3) Orthodox Armenian Church

The Orthodox Armenian Church is located close to the Eastern Gate, the ancient Bab ash-Sharqi. This religious building features a dome, stone walls and marvelous icons inside.
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Qasr Naasan

4) Qasr Naasan

Old Damascus is well-known for its outstanding historic houses and ancient buildings. One of them is Qasr Naasan. It is an excellent example of Old Damascus architecture, featuring magnificent columns, a beautiful courtyard and a fabulous exterior.
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Chapel of Ananias

5) Chapel of Ananias (must see)

The Chapel of Saint Ananias is the ancient house of Saint Ananias, in the old Christian quarter of Damascus. It is believed to be the house where Ananias baptized Saul (who became Paul the Apostle). Located near Bab Sharqi (Eastern Gate), five meters below ground, the church was supposedly the cellar of the House of Ananias, but more likely it was built at the level of the Roman street. The church, which has been restored many times, is the only church from the first century to survive in the city. A simple structure consisting of two small rooms with bare stone walls, it houses an altar, some icons and a few pews. The icons tell the story of Paul’s conversion. It represents the simplicity of the early Christians and services are still held to this day.
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Dheraar Ben Alazwar Mosque

6) Dheraar Ben Alazwar Mosque

Dheraar Ben Alazwar Mosque is a unique religious building and tourist attraction. This sacred edifice boasts the tallest minaret in Damascus and a beautiful green dome. Admire this fine example of Damascene 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.
Damascus Introduction Walking Tour

Damascus Introduction Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Old Damascus Landmarks Tour

Old Damascus Landmarks Tour

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

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

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

Central Old Damascus Tour

Central Old Damascus is a wonderful area to discover Syria’s rich culture and history. A walk down its mysterious old streets will take you into the city’s past. Follow this self-guided tour to discover the center of Old Damascus!

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.0 Km or 0.6 Miles