Damascus Travel Guide
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Damascus Travel Guide
Damascus is the capital of Syria; it is also the country’s largest city, following the decline in population of Aleppo due to the battle for the city. It is colloquially known in Syria as aš-Šām and titled the “City of Jasmine”. Damascus is a major cultural center of the Levant and the Arab world. The city has an estimated population of 2,354,000 as of 2019 Located in south-western Syria, Damascus is the center of a large metropolitan area of 2.7 million people. Geographically embedded on the eastern foothills of the Anti-Lebanon mountain range 80 kilometres inland from the eastern shore of the Mediterranean on a plateau 680 metres above sea level, Damascus experiences a semi-arid climate because of the rain shadow effect. The Barada River flows through Damascus. First settled in the second millennium BC, it was chosen as the capital of the Umayyad Caliphate from 661 to 750. After the victory of the Abbasid dynasty, the seat of Islamic power was moved to Baghdad. Damascus saw a political decline throughout the Abbasid era, only to regain significant importance in the Ayyubid and Mamluk periods. Today, it is the seat of the central government and all of the government ministries.
When to visit Damascus
The capital, Damascus, is located in the south-west, 700 meters (2,300 feet) above sea level and about 80 km (50 mi) away from the sea. The climate is not much different from that of Aleppo here as well, with fairly cold winters and torrid (hot and dry) summers. The average temperature ranges from 6.5 °C (43.5 °F) in January to 26.5 °C (79.5 °F) in July and August, but the higher altitude makes the summer nights cooler. Here are the average temperatures.
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