SYRIA Travel Vlog 2018 – Damascus and Homs – رحلتي إلى سوريا كأجنبي

SYRIA Travel Vlog 2018 – Damascus and Homs – رحلتي إلى سوريا كأجنبي


Being culturally rich, filled with antiquities, and home to some of the world’s oldest cities, pre-war Syria was supposedly a delight to visit. I, however, visited Syria in November 2018, and still found Damascus to be one of the most magical cities I’ve ever been to. The international image of Syria and its people has now been tarnished – that of a war-torn country filled with extremists. But I’m here to show you a different side to Syria – a beautiful side that still remains, despite the war. A side that made me fall in love with the country’s cities and people, and has made me eager to return since the moment I left. I took a shared taxi from Beirut to Damascus, where I spent three days, before traveling to the city of Homs. I then returned to Lebanon by car from Homs. So, I’ve just entered Syria. We crossed the border, which was actually quite an easy process. I thought it would be trickier than it was, but it was fairly easy. I think we are 20 minutes from Damascus now. Something like that. I was initially expecting the border crossing to be fairly rigorous and difficult. However, in the end, the immigration officers didn’t even ask why I was going to Syria. Before being able to enter the country though, I did have to organize a visa. After checking into the Al Majed hotel, which was only 35 USD a night, I went for a walk through the famous Souq Al Hamidiyah. Okay, I’ve just arrived in Damascus, and I’m walking through a souq (a market) called Souq Al Hamidiyah. It’s absolutely stunning in here. I mean, it looks fantastic, but actually being here just feels even more amazing. This is like the complete opposite of what you might expect Syria to look like. We then walked through the rest of the stunning city before relaxing at Maqha Al Rawdah, a traditional Arabic coffee shop, popular with shisha smokers and board game players. The streets of Damascus were bustling, and the city felt safe. The following morning, we wandered back into the old city to visit Qasr Al Azem, an old palace built in the seventeen hundreds for the governor of Damascus, As’as Pasha Al Azem. The traditional Arab architecture here was fascinating to see, and the gardens were beautiful. As it was a Friday, we could hear the call to prayer coming from the famous, nearby Ummayad Mosque. It’s quite quiet on the streets of Damascus this morning. Perhaps that’s because it’s a Friday morning, and Friday prayers are coming up. But, yesterday was so busy. Last night was so busy. So perhaps that’s just when people go out. When I say it was quiet on the streets of Damascus that morning, I mean it. This is Souq Al Hamidiyah on a Thursday night. This is the same place on a Friday morning. In Damascus things are always shut on a Friday morning, almost without exception. It’s a tradition that’s been going on for a long time. We then visited a place called Khan As’ad Pasha, built in the same era as Qasr Al Azem. A “khan” is an old travellers’ inn, which would host foreign caravans regularly. Living quarters would be on the top floor, and the courtyard below was traditionally used as a marketplace for foreign goods. Caravans used to come here from Beirut, Baghdad, Mosul, Aleppo, and elsewhere in the Middle East. We then walked around some of the newer parts of Damascus, While they were still interesting to see, the old city was definitely the highlight. In the distance, we could see Qasioun mountain. Before the war, people used to go up here to admire beautiful views of the city below. However, it is now closed off to the public. We then returned to the old city to visit one of the most spectacular pieces Islamic architecture, the Ummayad Mosque. This ancient building was completed in the year 715 AD, built on top of an old Byzantine Basilica dedicated to John the Baptist. Some Muslims consider it to be the fourth holiest site in Islam. Inside the mosque is a shrine housing the head of John the Baptist or in Islam, prophet Yahya. John the Baptist is revered as a major religious figure in both Christianity and Islam. The head of Imam Hussein was also displayed in this mosque in the past. Muslims also believe that Jesus, or Aisa, will return to Earth towards the end of time, and that he will descend back to Earth on this minaret! As a result, the mosque has great religious significance. We then ate some food at this beautiful restaurant called Beit Jebri, which is located in an old Damascus mansion. Many old mansions and houses in Damascus have been converted into traditional restaurants. We then went to the revolving restaurant on top of Sham Hotel, where we had a drink whilst admiring this beautiful view. This building is the Damascus Four Seasons Hotel, which is popular with visiting UN officials. The most expensive rooms here can cost you more than 1000 USD a night! We then visited the Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque which houses the grave Sayyida Ruqayya, the daughter of Imam Hussein Ibn Ali, a revered figure in Shia Islam. As a result, this place is a pilgrimage point for Shia Muslims, with people from Iran Iraq Lebanon, Pakistan and elsewhere being in the mosque at the time of my visit. Interestingly, I noticed a donation box saying “Sandooq lida3m al m2awama al islamiyah fi lubnan”, meaning, a box for supporting the Islamic resistance in Lebanon, with this resistance undoubtedly being Hezbollah. Our final day in Damascus started by visiting the Damascus University campus with a friend. It is the largest and oldest university in Syria, and the campus surely was beautiful! Many foreigners used to study Arabic here. However, since 2011, the numbers have significantly dropped. After that, we visited the Damascus National Museum, which reopened a mere month before our visit. Here, being one of the few foreigners around, I was interviewed on a TV channel about my impressions regarding the museum, and of Damascus. I found the museum very interesting, but unfortunately much of it was still closed off. We then drove to the Bab Sharqi area to visit the underground Chapel of Saint Ananias. It was in this Chapel that St. Ananias baptized Saul, who became Paul the Apostle. This ancient structure supposedly dates to the 5th century BC. We then proceeded to walk through the busy market streets nearby Bab Sharqi. Having completed yet another fascinating day in Damascus, we decided to check out one more thing in the city – its nightlife! Bab Sharqi is filled with pubs and nightlife venues. Being inside some of them, you’d be forgiven to think that you’re somewhere in Western Europe. I mean, not only was this board written in English, but look what was written at the bottom! The next day in Syria was nothing like the first few. We spent the day in Homs, where my friend’s family lives. You begin to see destruction only minutes after leaving Damascus, as the highway passes Eastern Ghouta, an area which suffered a lot from the war. Although the main fighting in Homs ended years ago, the ruins are still ever-present… However, not all of Homs is in ruins. This famous mosque is currently being rebuilt, and so is the old market of Homs. Bustling streets filled with people are, in some cases, only a 5-minute walk from destroyed neighborhoods. Before ending, I’d just like to say thank you to my friends in Syria, who made this trip possible. The hospitality and welcome that I received in this country was remarkable, despite the hardships that the population has lived through. From the family I stayed with in Homs, to the locals I met on the street, Thank you, Syria, and I wish upon you peace and prosperity.

100 thoughts on “SYRIA Travel Vlog 2018 – Damascus and Homs – رحلتي إلى سوريا كأجنبي”

  • الجوري الوردة الدمشقية says:

    This video has brocken my heart, I miss Syria too much, thanks from heart for sharing this video

  • سبحان الله مافيها اي تطور وقف الزمن فيها المباني قديمه ومتهالكه زرتها قبل ١٥ سنه

  • Gonzales Frederic says:

    Bachar el Assad, despite the difficulties, carries out a remarkable restoration of Syria. It will take time, but with him, it will be done.
    I am French and l am horrified that the rotten French government did not support Syria, on the contrary, sadly. Please Syrians, understand that most French despise our gouverment for not standing up for Syria. Most French like and even love Syria. Long live Syria and long live Bachar el Assad ! And about the Golan, be careful, lsrael ogles it more than ever. From illegal occupation it wants full theft of it. Have no doubt.

  • Angelo Calderaro says:

    I wish all the best to wonderful Syria, where Christians and Muslims live together respecting each other. Love from Italy 🇮🇹 🤝🇸🇾

  • Deijah Heyward says:

    Would Syria be ok with an african American visiting their country? I love Syria so much. As well as the people, culture, religion, and just EVERYTHING. Peace for Syria 🇸🇾 forever ♾ and always.

  • This video made me cry…. Every human on this world has two countrys his country and syria the land of The Land of Civilization and History The land of language, music, religions, culture, philosophy, science
    A nation will not bow to extreme terrorism or international terrorism..

  • To all foreigners that like to visit Damascus and other cities in Syria, I can help and guide during the visit just reply to my comment and we can coordinate things after👍

  • Nice video. Too bad I can't go back to my country Syria anytime soon. If I do I would be captured and tortured to death for speaking up against traitor Assad. I would love to be able to visit it and maybe have a retirement home there.

  • Fantastic!!!…Great job and interesting listening to the happy and excited time you had. I havn't been there since the early 70's so this was awesome to watch….Thank you so much

  • Nastradamus Changed too Notre Dame of Nastradamus origins originally from the Islamic world pronunciation as follows Nartha of Damascus the meaning of Nartha in English Prayers Him's of Alpha Male God 🎶 Narrated by God. Narra meaning in English throughout the throat vocal sound

  • Amaliah Montefalco Del Moral says:

    What a Old Beautiful City. Such like a Beautiful Country to be Treasured. I'm too glad that after all, they've manage to Cope up everything. 😘😍😘😘

  • سياسية " الأسد او نحرق البلد " سياسه حرقت البلد والبلدان المجاوره وجعلت من السوريين مشردين بالملايين و اي كلام غير هذا الكلام هو مجرد هذيان وشعارات ايرانيه كاذبه لو كان الأسد يحب بلده كان تنحى بكل هدوء من السلطه ولكان السوريين خلدو ذكراه للأبد وربما اعادو انتخابه … لكنه ظل متشبت بالسلطه بكل تعجرف وحماقه كطفل ووريث شرعي للبلد وكأنها بلد ابوه وهذه النتيجه 90 في الميه من سوريا مدمر ولا يغركم الفيديو فهذا في العاصمه فقط المناطق المجاوره لها وهناك عشرات الفيديوهات والصور التي تأكد كلامي. لك الله يا سوريا ويسقط الأوغاد الذين لا يجرأو على اتهام الرئيس السوري خوفا منه ..لانامت اعين الجبناء.

  • Alhamdulillah syria!!! I had an unbearable pain of the kids in syria….may Allah protect all the kids and peoples

  • Google Expert says:

    I am located in Dubai for moment but i want to come back from Dubai to Turkey through car. Is it possible and safe ?

  • But talking about Syria IS political because ALL western media has been lying about Syria, their people, and their government. Thank you for shining a sincere light on this amazing country.

  • Ok so many people are ignorant of the truth about Islam and Muslims but I have studied it for years, the part where you talked about Jesus…… you gotta get educated on Islam otherwise the majority stands to be taken over by them. Jesus in Islam is not the same Jesus in the Bible. Islam teaches that Jesus was a prophet and not the son of god nor did he die on the cross to pay for the worlds sins. Islam teaches that god has no son and to say so is blasphemous cuz it’s implying that allah gave birth to a child and allah can’t and would not do so, muslims do not understand that we’re not saying god had sex and created a child that way. Also the Islamic Jesus is a different Jesus, he’s the prophet that’s supposed to come back and rule the world with Islam and punish all the Jews and Christians for their beliefs by murdering them for refusing to submit to Islam and sending them to hell, but they’re not gonna tell you all that, they don’t want you to know that, they want you to stay ignorant so they can move ahead behind closed doors with spreading Islam all over the world. Now who denied Christ was the son of god and said he did not die for your sins???? Satan teaches that. Wake up people and do research, learn the truth about Islam don’t stay in the dark about it, they are counting on that. Muslims are friendly till they’re population gets just as big as yours or bigger in your country or community then you will see a different side of them and it’s not good. Please learn the truth and protect yourselves and your family and land.

  • Oh forgot to mention that the Muslim savior who is to return at the end times, very well spoken charismatic ect is called the Mahdi, he’s in their unholy Koran, in the Bible that person is the Antichrist, in their unholy Koran it talks about our Christian savior Jesus Christ, they call him the dajjal, the devil, they are flip flopped in these two books. Al-masih ad-dajjall, read read read learn people

  • Ammar Ibrahim says:

    Thank you really…I missed damascus so much….feeling homesick and cant accept what happened to my people there.

  • Thank you for appreciating our beloved country Syria … we're grateful to you for showing the real side of Syria 《not what media shows 》

  • Most of Syria is wartorn and destroyed. The pockets you showed are for the privileged few. The architecture and history of Damascus were preserved for propaganda purposes (such as giving an illusion of normalcy), but so many relics have been destroyed in every other part of Syria. By showing Syria through the lens of its propaganda, you are minimalizing the plight of millions of Syrians who have died or become refugees.
    4:09 Hmm, I wonder why… maybe the government doesn't want you to see the rubble that resides in most of the city.

  • Thank u for this awesome content
    Im syrian your welcome in anytime
    Syria about 8000 years ago…the media talk about war..and terrorist only but we have a big an ancient culture
    We love all the world
    👍🖐🇸🇾💖

  • travelling the unknown. says:

    I returned to Syria in August 2019, and made a new vlog about that trip. Be sure to check that out:
    https://youtu.be/ae-gMdwv_NM
    ..
    Come travel with me to Syria in January 2020: http://travellingtheunknown.com/january-2020-syria-tour/

  • i love my country syria but i had flee for my life cus i wanted some freedom like i have now. its very difficult to live under a dictatorship regime.

  • Cemre Nisan Yenel says:

    I am living in neighbouring country and I can not(afraid of)visitin Iraq(last month two Turkish officers shot dead while they eat in a restaurant).but anyway Syria and Erbil,Mosoul Kurdistan Iraq should be my next destination

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