Distance between the Syrian Cities
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Historical Spots of Damascus
is in the heart of the Syrian desert, and is often described as 'the
bride of the desert'. Its magnificent remains tell of a heroic
history during the reign of Queen Zenobia.
'oasis' as it sometimes called, is located near a hot-water spring
called Afqa. It was mentioned in one of the Assyrian tablets of the
20th century B.C. It was also mentioned in the tablets of Mari.
Palmyra was an ideal halt for the caravans moving between Iraq and
al-Sham (present-day Syria, Lebanon, and Jordan), trading in silk
from China to the Mediterranean.
lies 210 km northeast of Damascus and 155 km east of Homs. A tour
among the ruins, which cover an area of 6 sq. km, requires a full
day in order to form an adequate idea of the beauty of the
architectures which has remained. Worth visiting are the Baal
temple, the Arch of Triumph, the amphitheatre, the baths, the
'Straight Street', the Congress Council and the Cemeteries.