Syria: Before the Civil War


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This is a thread to show the beauty of Syria, and remember what's at stake beyond the headlines: a contrast to the war imagery currently associated with Syria.

There's only one rule: no politics. Feel free to post texts, photos, videos, and don't forget to credit and link to the author.


I found Syria Photo Guide through Joshua Landis' blog, Syria Comment. Here is an introduction by the creator of the website, and a selection of his photographs. I recommend visiting the website for more pictures and descriptive texts.

Syria Photo Guide is my attempt to share with the world the immense beauty and rich heritage of the country in which I spent several wonderful years. The website was originally envisioned to serve as a guide for travelers wishing to explore Syria’s incredible range of archaeological, cultural and natural sites, and I began work on the project in 2006. Given the horrific conflict that has engulfed the country since 2011, I hope my website will inspire those working to preserve and protect Syria’s wealth of historic sites and provide a resource for those interested in learning more about Syria’s history and culture.

I first visited Syria in 2003, and quickly found myself becoming deeply immersed in the country’s people, culture and history. Despite having traveled to over thirty countries prior to visiting Syria, nowhere had I encountered people so welcoming and hospitable. The country’s amazing diversity, fascinating history, and incredible variety of archaeological sites and natural attractions amazed me. Having initially planned only a few weeks in the country, I spent over nine months there. I cancelled plans to continue traveling overland through Central Asia to China, instead refocusing my journey on better understanding the Middle East.

In 2006 I undertook another trip to Syria, determined to get to know the country in even greater depth. Basing myself in Bab Sharqi, Damascus, I ended up living in Syria for nearly two full years of 2006 and 2007. In addition to teaching English at a local language center, I spent much of my time visiting, documenting and photographing Syria’s wide range of archaeological, cultural and natural attractions. I contributed articles about these sites to a local English-language magazine called “What’s On”. Through this work, Syria Photo Guide was born. My last visit to Syria was from September 2008 through March 2009.

The website currently features information and photo galleries of 235 sites throughout the country, and a total of over 8,000 high resolution photos. It remains a work in progress, and I anticipate reaching roughly 280 sites and 10,000 photos by the time I complete the project. The website is entirely non-profit and is dedicated to the Syrian people, to whom I will always be indebted for their hospitality, generosity and kindness.

– Daniel Demeter











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    Beehive Huts, Syria


    Photograph by James Stanfield

    The dusty-orange, beehive-shaped huts of Tall Mardĭkh, Syria, were built some 200 years ago by an ancient method which has since been lost. The shape and materials of these mud-brick dwellings help them remain cool in summer and warm in winter.

    Beehive Huts, Syria


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    So @Indie;

    Yesterday, wednesday 22 April 2015, almost 10% of the forum's pageviews were on this thread here. Making it the 2nd most visited page of the site.

    Thank you and keep up the good threads :D


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    Deir Mar Musa








    Deir Mar Musa (دير مار موسى), a monastery located in the desert mountains east of the town of al-Nabk (النبك), is one of the most spectacular sites in Syria. Originally built in the middle of the 6th century, the monastery was mostly in ruin until the 1980s when a major restoration project was undertaken. This eventually led to the establishment of a new monastic community in
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    So @Indie;

    Yesterday, wednesday 22 April 2015, almost 10% of the forum's pageviews were on this thread here. Making it the 2nd most visited page of the site.

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    Thank you and keep up the good threads :D
    i hope more syrians are viewing this thread so they realize what they are doing to their beautiful country in the name of american democracy