the (first) time I visited the Ummayed Mosque

Location: Damascus, Syria
Year: 2008

I’ve been lucky enough to visit Syria three times (four if you count travelling back through to get from Lebanon to Jordan). This mosque is one of my favourites; I’m not sure why, because there are prettier ones out there, but there’s something special about this one. It’s set in the heart of the old city; found at the end of ancient cobble-stoned alleyways lined with crawling vines, dainty Damascene handicraft stores, croissant-sellers and tea houses. The mosque is still used as a place of prayer, but Syrians are very welcoming to foreigners checking it out, just as long as you’re wearing your special clothes.


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