Hammam az-Zahariyya, next to the madrassa of the same name, just north of Umayyad Mosque, has been in use since the 12th century. It's...
Northwest of Saladin’s mausoleum is the restored 13th-century madrassa, within which is buried Sultan Beybars – another Islamic warrior...
The Citadel anchors the northwest corner of the Old City, its imposing stone walls confronting the six lanes of traffic on Sharia...
Coffee Shop – Ecological & Biological Garden
Just outside the northeastern corner of the citadel, near Bab al-Farag and overlooking the trickle that is the Barada River, this...
This place is popular with locals as much as tourists – Arab families pack the place over summer. Look for the sign ‘Rest. Al Ezz Al...
Bab al-Farag information
Until the 20th century there were 13 gates in the city walls, all closed at sunset, and there were inner gates dividing the Christian, Jewish and Islamic quarters. These inner gates are now gone, as are several of the main city gates.
Most impressive of those remaining are the northern Bab al-Farag ; Bab al-Faradis (Gate of Paradise), with a short stretch of market enclosed within its vaulting; Bab as-Salaama (Gate of Peace), the best-preserved of the gates and a beautiful example of Ayyubid military architecture; and, in the south, Bab as-Saghir (Little Gate).