World Heritage Sites in Syria


Ancient City of Damascus

(33.52 N 36.30 E) --
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Excavations at Tell Ramad on the outskirts of the city have demonstrated that Damascus has been inhabited as early as 8000 to 10,000 BC. It is due to this that Damascus is considered to be the oldest continually inhabited city in the world.


Site of Palmyra

(34.60 N 38.25 E) --
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Ancient City of Bosra

(32.60 N 36.67 E) --
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Bosra, once the capital of the Roman province of Arabia, was an important stopover on the ancient caravan route to Mecca. A magnificent 2nd-century Roman theatre, early Christian ruins and several mosques are found within its great walls.


Ancient City of Aleppo

(36.20 N 37.16 E) --
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Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din

(34.782 N 36.263 E) --
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Ancient Villages of Northern Syria

(36.334 N 36.844 E)

The 40 villages grouped in eight parks situated in north-western Syria provide remarkable testimony to rural life in late Antiquity and during the Byzantine period. The villages date from the 1st to 7th centuries and were abandoned in the 8th to 10th centuries.



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Last updated: August 17, 2015