Northwest Damascus Tour (Self Guided), Damascus

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 Its northwest area is home to the ancient Al Dahdaah graveyard, the beautiful Al-Tawbah Mosque, the Museum of Historical Documents and Al Harikah Square.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!
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Northwest Damascus Tour Map

Guide Name: Northwest Damascus 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: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Author: leticia
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Al Harikah Square
  • Darwish Pasha Mosque
  • Statue of Saladin
  • Bardbeg (Moaalaq) Mosque
  • Al-Tawbah Mosque
  • Al Dahdaah Graveyard
Al Harikah Square

1) Al Harikah Square

Al Harikah Square is a famous commercial square that houses a number of shops and a beautiful fountain in its center. It had been a residential area up until it was bombed by the French military.
Darwish Pasha Mosque

2) Darwish Pasha Mosque

The Darwish Pasha Mosque is an early Ottoman-era mosque in Damascus located along the Street Called Straight. The mosque was erected in 1574 by the Ottoman governor of Damascus Darwish Pasha. The building is built with alternating courses of black and white stones and is composed of a prayer hall preceded by a portico and a rectangular courtyard. On each side of the portal arch are two medallions of polychrome stone. The cylindrical minaret, crowned by a conical roof above a single balcony supported on muqarnas corbels, rises directly above the portal and is accessed by a spiral staircase entered from the courtyard. To the south side of the courtyard, is the five bay portico of the prayer hall. Its domes are carried on white stone columns with black capitals. Doorways at the east and west ends of the portico lead out to the streets.

The prayer hall is accessed through a door centered on the portico and flanked by windows with arched tympana. Adjoining the windows on both sides of the portico are three tile panels. The first panel on the east side is a tiled mihrab niche followed by a flat tiled panel depicting a niche. A similar panel is found on the west side of the entrance.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Statue of Saladin

3) Statue of Saladin (must see)

The Statue of Saladin, a bronze statue depicting the Kurdish Ayyubid Sultan Saladin, is located in front of the Citadel of Damascus. Designed by Syrian sculptor Abdallah al-Sayed, it was unveiled by the late Syrian president Hafez Assad in 1993 to mark the 800th anniversary of Saladin's death. The statue, which graces the main plaza of the city, depicts Saladin in the same pose and the same dress as he appears in a number of 19th-century Western depictions of the Crusades. On each side of Saladin's horse stand two soldiers and a Sufi. Behind the horse, two crusaders, Guy of Lusignan and Raynald of Châtillon, kneel. According to the sculptor, Saladin appears not as an individual warrior but as a leader embodying a wave of popular feeling against the Franks.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bardbeg (Moaalaq) Mosque

4) Bardbeg (Moaalaq) Mosque

Bardbeg, or Moaalaq Mosque, a gorgeous Mamluk style mosque, is made of black and white stones. This magnificent religious building features a beautiful minaret and is a fine example of local architecture.
Al-Tawbah Mosque

5) Al-Tawbah Mosque

Al-Tawbah Mosque, one of the oldest mosques in Damascus, is located in the northern part of the city. With its white dome, pleasant courtyard and beautiful ornaments, it is a wonderful attraction and a popular place of worship.
Al Dahdaah Graveyard

6) Al Dahdaah Graveyard

Al Dahdaah Graveyard, located in the northern part of Damascus, dates back to the First Islamic conquest of Damascus in 640 and is the largest burial ground in the city. Visitors will be impressed by its number of ancient graves.

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.
Umayyad Mosque Area Tour

Umayyad Mosque Area Tour

Old Damascus is a fabulous area where you will find a number of amazing attractions. The prominent Umayyad Mosque is a Damascene jewel and part of a fascinating area. Follow the next tour to discover the best attractions in the Umayyad Mosque area!

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
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
Damascus Introduction Walking Tour

Damascus Introduction Walking Tour

Damascus is the capital and currently the largest city of Syria, commonly referred to by the locals as “ash-Sham” and nicknamed “the City of Jasmine.” Today the city represents a blend of modern and ancient architecture, in which the latter is very carefully preserved and respected. Follow this orientation walk to explore some of the key historic sights of centuries-old Damascus.

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 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
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