hounds love this place of amazing archeological treasures'
Following the military action in Iraq, there is an enlarged risk
of terrorism in Syria.
Travellers should visit 1 of the following government websites for
the latest risk assessment:
British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Tel: +44 (0)870 606 0290.
US Department of State
Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Syria can be divided geographically into 4 main
areas, the fertile plain in the northeast, the plateau, coastal
and mountain areas in the west, the central plains, and the desert
and grass land region in the central and south eastern areas.
The Euphrates flows from Turkey in the north, through the Syrian
Arab Republic, down to Iraq in the south east.
which is the capital of Syria, is the world's oldest inhabited city.
A central feature of this cluttered and noisy city is the Ummayyad
Mosque. The 18 th century Al-Azem palace is now a national museum,
featuring marvellously illuminated copies of the Koran.
Homs is a large city which is known mainly for
its industry. A place of historical interest is the mausoleum of
Khalid Ibn al-Walid. Located 65 kilometres (40 miles) outside Homs,
Crac des Chevaliers is the most famous crusader
castle in the world. Rising from an altitude of 670 metres (2,200
feet), its watch towers once afforded protection.
which is Syria's principal Mediterranean coastal port, is a major
Syria's national dishes include
yabrak (vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat) and kubbeh
(minced semolina and meat formed in balls and stuffed with minced
meat, onion and nuts).
||Guide to Syria
from lonely planet
||Syria's Ministry of Tourism.