Built more than 18 months ago by volunteers, the small-scale, underground amusement park offers a much-needed respite for children caught in the crossfire of the ongoing conflict. “So many children have suffered because of the Syrian crisis, there’s been so many psychological troubles,” says Mohammed Badra, an EPA photographer.
Bab al-Faradis (Arabic: باب الفراديس ; "The Gate of the Paradise") or Bab al-Amara is one of the seven ancient city-gates of Damascus, Syria. One of the city's northern gates, it was named "the paradise gate" in the Roman age because it was surrounded by numerous water sources and gardens.
The Chapel of St. Paul, is a modern stone chapel in Damascus that incorporates materials from the Bab Kisan, the ancient city gate. After his baptism on the Street Called Straight in Damascus, St. Paul began the tireless preaching that would characterize the rest of his life, which led to a narrow escape from Damascus.
Bab Sharqi (Arabic: باب شرقي ; "The Eastern Gate"), also known as the Gate of the Sun, is one of the seven ancient city gates of Damascus, Syria. Its modern name comes from its location in the eastern side of the city. The gate also gives its name to the Christian quarter surrounding it.
In antiquity Damascus was believed to have had nearly 400 hammams. These days most are shuttered. People have other priorities and the establishments themselves can’t secure enough gasoil to power the boilers and steam rooms. One of the few exceptions is the Al-Malik al-Zahir hammam in the old city of Damascus just behind the citadel there.
Hamra Street or Rue Hamra (Arabic: شارع الحمراء ) is one of the main streets of the city of Beirut, Lebanon, and one of the main economic and diplomatic hubs of Beirut. It is located in the neighborhood of the same name, Hamra. Its technical name is Rue 31.
Part of a twenty-five million dollar amusement park has opened close to the Syrian capital, Damascus. The park -- a joint Syrian-Saudi project called Happy Land -- is part of Syrian attempts to promote itself as a holiday destination, particularly for Gulf Arabs.
There was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias, and the Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight and ask at the house of Judas for a man from Tarsus named Saul.
Instead, Bait Quwatli, built in 1868, contemporary to the arrival of telegraph communication and rail transport, shows Western influence adapted to the local taste and construction methods. The involvement of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) in Damascus commenced in the last quarter of 2008 following the signature of project framework agreements in August 2008.
Khan As'ad Pasha (Arabic: خان أسعد باشا ) is the largest khan in the Old City of Damascus, covering an area of 2,500 square metres (27,000 sq ft). Situated along Al-Buzuriyah Souq, it was built and named after As'ad Pasha al-Azm, the governor of Damascus, in 1751-52.
Mariamite Cathedral of Damascus (Arabic: الكنيسة المريمية) is one of the oldest Greek Orthodox churches in Damascus, Syria and holds the seat of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch. The church complex is located on the Street Called Straight.
When the city seemed to be on the verge of collapse, the crusader army suddenly moved against another section of the walls, and were driven back. By 1154, Damascus was firmly under Nur ad-Din's control. In 1164, King Amalric of Jerusalem invaded Fatimid Egypt, which requested help from Nur ad-Din.
Presidential Palace (Arabic: قصر الشعب - literally “the people’s palace”) is the residence for the President of Syria, located in Damascus. It is located in the West of the city, on Mount Mezzeh North of Mezzeh neighborhood, next to Mount Qasioun and overlooks the city.
Sayyidah Zaynab Mosque (Arabic: مسجد السيدة زينب) is a mosque located in the city of Sayyidah Zaynab, in the southern suburbs of Damascus, Syria. According to Shia Muslim tradition, the mosque contains the grave of Zaynab, the daughter of ‘Alī and Fātimah and granddaughter of the Prophet Muhammad.