Please be aware that Daylight Saving Time
(DST) changes in Damascus do not necessarily occur on the same date every year.
In Damascus, DST starts on the last Sunday in March and ends on the last Sunday in October.
Facts About Damascus
Information for Travelers
Damascus, the capital of Syria, is a timeless city full of life and vibrancy.
This historic city was established between 10,000 to 8,000 BC and is considered to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
Throughout history, Damascus has been home to several empires and caliphates, which have left their mark on the city.
Today, the city remains steeped in history, particularly in the Old Town.
In the same way that Damascus is the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, the Umayyad Mosque is also the oldest place of worship in the world.
The site of the mosque was once a magnificent Aramean temple dedicated to the god of storm and rain “Hhadad”.
During the Hellenistic period, the Aramaic temple was transformed into the temple of Zeus, only to be later converted into the temple of Jupiter during the Roman period.
In the second half of the 4th century, the Byzantines built a church dedicated to John the Baptist in the western part of the inner courtyard of the temple. The church contained the sanctuary of the head of John the Baptist.
In the early 8th century, Umayyad ruler Al-Waleed Bin Abdul Malek turned the entire site into the mosque that now graces Damascus' Old City.
Read about Damascus in Wikipedia