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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.

Lens on Syria: A Photographic Tour of Its Ancient and Modern Culture
By Daniel Demeter

Just World Books
Hardcover (304 pages)

Lens on Syria: A Photographic Tour of Its Ancient and Modern Culture
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Thousands of remarkable monuments and relics fill the land of Syria from the coast of the Mediterranean to its desert borders, dating back to the dawn of human history. The sites include: Bronze Age ruins, Roman temples and necropolises, churches and monasteries from the early Christian and Byzantine eras, Muslim forts and mosques, Crusader castles, and many more. When conflict broke out in 2011, these treasures were put at great risk and in subsequent years, many were destroyed in battles—some were even the intentional targets of extremists. From 2006–2009, American photographer Daniel Demeter traveled broadly throughout Syria, documenting the country’s warm and kindhearted people, vibrant markets, exciting landscapes, archaeological sites, historic monuments, and religious architecture. In seven chapters organized by region, Lens on Syria offers a unique visual experience of pre-war Syria and serves as an invaluable record of the country’s long history, rich heritage, and diverse culture.
Lonely Planet Syria & Lebanon (Multi Country Travel Guide)
By Terry Carter & Amelia Thomas

Lonely Planet
Paperback (436 pages)

Lonely Planet Syria & 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
The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels Through Syria
By Brooke Allen

Brand: Paul Dry Books
Paperback (259 pages)

The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels Through Syria
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"A well-written, well-researched, and engaging introduction to contemporary Syria."—Library Journal (starred review)

"American travel writing at its most generous and intrepid."—Adam Kirsch

"A nuanced appreciation of the sights, sounds, and historical densities that make Syria one of the most rewarding countries on Earth. Like the great cities of Damascus and Aleppo, The Other Side of the Mirror is a thing of layered beauty and a source of endless surprise and stimulation."—Ben Downing

"Engaging…I can vouch for the accuracy of her descriptions."—Malise Ruthven, New York Review of Books

"Brooke Allen's The Other Side of the Mirror is a hugely welcome piece of travel literature…Anyone with a curiosity about this fascinating nation will be well served."—Tom Bissell

Brooke Allen first traveled to Syria in 2009, expecting it to be much as American news media routinely depicted it—an ultra-conservative Muslim society, a rogue nation committed to an anti-American stance. She found, instead, a welcoming and captivating country where she and her family were treated with courtesy and gentleness.

She soon returned for a more leisurely trip through Syria's rich historical and archaeological treasures: the ancient cities of Aleppo and Damascus, the great Crusader castles, the Bronze Age ruins of Ebla and Mari, the Greco-Roman cities of Palmyra and Apamea. With her keen and appreciative eye (and ear) Allen introduces us to Syria's people, culture, and history.

Published in spring of 2011 at the beginning of the Syrian Civil War, the book has taken on a new resonance.

Brooke Allen's critical writings appear frequently in the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, and the Nation. Her Twentieth-Century Attitudes was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. Her most recent book is Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers.


Travels in Syria and the Holy Land
By J. L. Burckhardt

Benediction Books
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Travels in Syria and the Holy Land
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Syria: A Historical And Architectural Guide
By Warwick Ball

Brand: Interlink Pub Group
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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.

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

ITMB Publishing, Ltd.
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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.

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