Hammam al-Qaimariyya, north of Sharia al-Qaimariyya and 300m east of Umayyad Mosque, is popular with locals.
Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque
Also near the Umayyad Mosque is the modern, Iranian-built Shiite Sayyida Ruqayya Mosque, dedicated to the daughter of the martyr...
Eastern Temple Gate
From the Sayyida Ruqayya mosque, follow the lane that runs due east, and turn right (south) at the T-junction leading to a crossroad...
For something a bit different, Galerie Albal, about a five-minute walk from the coffeehouses east along Sharia al-Qaimariyya, is a loud,...
West of the Umayyad Mosque, Bab al-Hara is one of our favourite Old City restaurants. The grills have that reassuring taste of charcoal,...
Bab as-Salaama 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 (Gate of Joy); Bab al-Faradis (Gate of Paradise), with a short stretch of market enclosed within its vaulting; Bab as-Salaama, the best-preserved of the gates and a beautiful example of Ayyubid military architecture; and, in the south, Bab as-Saghir (Little Gate).