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Ultimate Guide to the World: Damascus

Syria It's a Middle Eastern idyll, at the heart of the ancient cradle of civilization. Syrian cuisine, highlighted by hundreds of varieties of mezes, or appetizers, must be tasted to be believed, and the country's souks or marketplaces teem with treasures. Best of all, isolation has left it untrammeled and intense. I don't know how long that will last, so I want to go now. The Omayyad Mosque in Damascus, which started out as a pagan temple, then became a Roman temple, then a Christian church.Tarig Khaled Khalaf