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The Syrian Arab Republic is a a country in the Middle East, located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.

As of 2009, the population of Syria was estimated as being 21,906,000. The country's capital and largest city is Damascus, which, as of 2007, had a population of about 1,669,000, with a total of about 2.7 million people living in the combined city and surrounding metropolitan area.

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Syria Country Details


Country Name Syria
Political Status Country
Geographic Location The Middle East
Principal Language Arabic
Capital Damascus


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Syria (Bradt Travel Guides)
By Diana Darke

Brand: Bradt Travel Guides
Paperback (336 pages)

Syria (Bradt Travel Guides)
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This second edition of Bradt's Syria is the clear market frontrunner, offering more detailed first-hand information on sites, cultural, historical and social background, accommodation and restaurants than any other guidebook. In addition to the country's impressive historical sites, such as the Roman caravan city of Palmyra and the Crusader castle of Crac des Chevaliers, it incorporates walking and trekking areas, wildlife and other environmental issues, while amusing snippets from literature, local anecdotes and sayings help to stimulate a genuine interest and understanding of Syria's people and the land in which they live.

Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon) (Multi Country Travel Guide)
By Terry Carter & Amelia Thomas

Lonely Planet
Paperback (436 pages)

Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon) (Multi Country Travel Guide)
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Discover Syria & Lebanon

Smile your thanks when the elderly caretaker of a Damascus house opens the door just for you
Test-drive your Arabic as you fly through the Syrian desert in a 1960s Dodge taxi
What conflict? Find your peace hiking amid waterfalls, hermitages and monasteries in Lebanon's gorgeous Qadisha Valley
Lather up with olive oil soap from Aleppo's famous souq - and learn how to pick one fit for a queen

In This Guide:

Three authors, 140 days of on-the-road research, one international conflict, countless invitations to tea
Ask the archaeologist: all your questions on Syria's stunning ruins answered by a specialist
Get the local lowdown: special color chapter featuring travel tips from Syrians and Lebanese
Syria: The Rough Guide
By Andrew Beattie

Rough Guides
Released: 1998-11-01
Paperback (304 pages)

Syria: The Rough Guide
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INTRODUCTION

Syria is one of the least visited, and least familiar, countries in the world. Jammed in between the vastly more popular tourist destinations of Turkey, Jordan and Israel, for many years it has been considered an unlikely destination by many travellers, scared off by a combination of safety worries, the yards of red tape that a visit required, a military government obsessed with internal security, and closed frontiers. Through much of the 1980s these fears were justified: Syria was cast as a supporter of international terrorism and broke off diplomatic relations with a number of Western countries, making it virtually impossible for many nationalities (including Britons and Americans) even to set foot there. But after President Assad voiced support for the allies during the Gulf War and helped to secure the release of the Beirut hostages, things started looking up as far as travellers were concerned; a steadily growing stream of Westerners have visited the country in the 1990s, drawn by the wealth of archeological remains, by the renowned hospitality of the people, and perhaps most of all by sheer curiosity.

Politically, modern Syria is a result of boundary drawing by the old colonial masters of the region, France and, to a lesser extent, Britain. The French took over in 1920, occupying the political vacuum left by the end of four hundred years of Ottoman rule, and separated their territory from British-administered Transjordan by drawing a ruler-straight line across the desert. During its 26-year rule, France did little for the country, governing it without the consent of the people and treating it largely as a barracks, and Syria approached its hard-won independence with an understandable lack of confidence: coup followed coup in the early 1950s, and then came the disastrous political union with Egypt, which broke up into a further period of political instability in the 1960s. Since 1971, however, the country has been ruled by a former airforce commander and Defence Minister Hafez al-Assad, the leader of a radical wing of the Ba'ath (Arab Socialist) party. Assad has treated dissent with bloody determination, killing thousands in the 1982 crackdown on the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood opposition group, but he has maintained power with unerring shrewdness, never letting his country lapse into the civil war and political anarchy that beset neighbouring Lebanon for much of the 1970s and 1980s.

Most Syrians are Arabs, though there is some degree of heterogenity - in Aleppo, for example, you'll find Armenian and Turkish speakers. The greatest concentration of non-Arabic speakers, however, is in the northeast, where Kurdish is spoken by those who dare - using the language has long been seen as a sign of dissent, particularly in the light of the Kurdish uprising in neighbouring Turkey. Syrians are divided more on religious than ethnic grounds: although the majority are followers of Sunni Islam, there is a large Christian minority (itself divided into a number of sects), plus a tiny number of Jews. President Assad himself is a follower of the Alawite religion, a curious branch of Islam followed in the mountains of the northwest, with the Druze and the Shi'ites making up the remainder of the non-Sunni Muslims.

Though a small country - about the size of Scotland - Syria's political isolation and high population growth reduce the amount and effectiveness of international aid, and the country is one of the poorest in the region, with huge disparities in the level of development. The rich, Europeanized urban elite of Aleppo and Damascus, most of whom have got where they are through government connections, live largely separate lives to the majority of the people. In the same cities, however, you'll find the familiar trappings of developing world poverty - shoe-shine boys out in force, begging, prostitution, and hawking of all kinds - while in the countryside agriculture is carried out using age-old techniques of irrigation, planting, harvesting and selling, with a proliferation of carts and working animals, and few modern machines. Many of the Bedouin, the traditional tent-dwelling nomads of the Middle East, have been forcibly resettled by the government in towns and cities, but some still roam the desert with their herds of goats and sheep, much of their lifestyle unchanged for centuries.

Despite the country's political isolation, its unhappy colonial past and its resentment towards the West for its perceived support of Israel, the reputation of Syrians for hospitality towards foreigners is well deserved, and it is this which makes the country such a rewarding place to travel in, particularly if you go independently and make an effort to stray from the cities and the most popular tourist spots. You can actually cause offence by rebutting any friendliness extended towards you, and the most casual meetings can often lead to an invitation to take tea at someone's home. Rarely do such offers of friendship come with strings attached, and in most cases the warmth of the welcome you'll receive is entirely genuine.

Jordan 1:610,000 & Syria 1:740,000 Travel map (International Travel Maps)
By ITM Canada

ITMB Publishing, Ltd.
Map (2 pages)

Jordan 1:610,000 & Syria 1:740,000 Travel map (International Travel Maps)
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A double-sided road map of Jordan and Syria. The best way to prepare your trip, to plan your itinerary, and to travel independently in this part of the Middle East. One side shows Jordan and Israel; the other side shows Syria, Lebanon and the Turkish region of Iskenderun. Inset maps of Damascus and Amman.

Touristic information: airports, archaeological sites, ruins, accommodation, churches, mosques, synagogues, border crossing, museums, forts, castles, towers, wells, parks and nature reserves, camping sites, gas stations.
Every Pilgrim's Guide to the Journeys of the Apostles: Greece, Turkey, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Syria and the Holy Land
By Michael Counsell

Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd
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Every Pilgrim s Guide to the Journeys of the Apostles: Greece, Turkey, Italy, Lebanon, Malta, Syria and the Holy Land
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This informative, pocket-sized guide is a travelling companion for the growing number of visitors to the sites of the Early Church. The guide includes practical information for tourists such as maps, a language guide and information on local services and facilities. It also features historical background, notes on Paul's letters and devotional insights. This volume covers all the major places featured in the Book of Acts as well as the seven churches of the Book of Revelation, including: Jerusalem, Samaria, Gaza, Lydda, Jopa, Caesarea, Damascus and Tarsus; Paul's first missionary journey - Antioch, Cyprus and Galatia; the second journey - Troas, Philippi, Thessalonica, Athens, Corinth, Ephesus; the third journey - Mitylene and the islands of Kos, Chios, Samos, Rhodes; the journey to Rome - Crete, Malta, Syracuse and through Italy to Rome; and the seven churches - Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea.
Syria: A Historical And Architectural Guide
By Warwick Ball

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Syria: A Historical And Architectural Guide
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revised & updated edition

With a wealth of historical splendors matched by few other countries, Syria has remained almost undiscovered by mass tourism. As a result, little has been spoiled, much is unknown, and there is much to discover.

It is a land of immense antiquity, boasting cities and archaeological remains that are among the oldest in the world. Hittites, Hurrians and Hebrews, Aramaeans, Assyrians and Arabs, Egyptians, Canaanites, Persians, Nabateans, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Crusaders, Turks and French have all come, leaving behind some of the most spectacular monuments that can be seen anywhere. Today, entire deserted cities such as Palmyra or Resafeh, immense castles like Crac des Chevaliers and a bewildering array of palaces, mosques, temples, theatres, churches and other ruins strewn across the country provides Syria with one of the richest and most diverse heritages in the world.

Syria's timeless monuments overawe the visitor. But they can enchant as well: to lose oneself in the back-streets and bazaars of old Damascus and Aleppo - still perhaps the most wholly satisfying traditional cities of the Arab world today - or to experience the sheer enchantment of the utterly haunting Dead Cities - probably the greatest concentration of ruins in the entire Mediterranean - is to experience travel at its very best. Most of all, the visitor to Syria meets with the characteristic courtesy and hospitality to outsiders that makes travel in the Arab world such a pleasure. Syria is still 'the best kept secret'.

The new completely revised and updated edition of this book is to keep pace both with the rapid increase in travel to Syria and the new material which has appeared on Syria itself.

With lucid and informative text, this book reconsiders the history and heritage of Syria and surveys the major sites, making a strong case for reassessing its importance in our perception of the growth of civilization out of the Middle East. With its many site plans and maps, readable text and 96 color plates, it makes available the immensely wealthy history, archaeology and architecture of Syria to the general reader and the interested traveler.


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