Tuesday, May 31, 2005


Ok Rami, here is a new post about Al Ghoota with more photos and resources,

Al Ghouta surrounded the old city from every direction, but mainly from the east and west. To get to Damascus, you had to walk through heavenly valleys and large plains all planted with olive trees, apricot and nut trees and other fruits and all kind of vegetables.
Al-Ghouta wasn't simply a large area of "farms", it had waterfalls and great views wherever you look, and many historians believe that the first café in the world was established in Al-Ghouta in the years of 1500's.

But what was sure that it played a very important role during history:
A place where the princes and caliphs built castles, a picnic place for the Damascene, and a shelter for the revolutions against frensh occupation.

To have an idea about how big was Al-Ghouta, you have to know is that most of what we call “Modern Damascus” was a part of Al-Ghouta I will name some neighborhood that’s been built during the 70’s and till now:
Mazzeh, Malki, Fattaleh, Kafarsousseh, Dareyya, Jaramana, Harasta, Tijarah, Douma, Ghozlanieh, Al Rabweh, Set Zainab, Hojjera…..

The door is open for everyone to add the information he likes.

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Originally uploaded by amrtheproud.

Originally uploaded by amrtheproud.

Originally uploaded by amrtheproud.


At 12:29 AM, Blogger Dina said...

Great pics Amr...I loved the one on flickr with the green field and cloudy sky...

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Rami said...

Thank you so much Amr...
Now I understand why Damascenes are so attached to al-ghota; it’s gorgeous!!
Very informative post; I like the first café bit…
Very good job on the photos...

At 12:44 PM, Blogger Stellar said...

I wonder why my family never really took us there. Maybe because it's too hot in summer or something. It really gorgeous... Thanks Amr for sharing the pics with us.

At 3:52 PM, Blogger aleppian said...

These pictures are very good expressing Damascusian nature. Very carefully shot.
Good Job!

At 1:51 AM, Anonymous manco said...

Does anyone know where I could find 12th century heraldry relating to the Burid dynasty and Damascus? Or any kind of national symbols, flags etc from that period...


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