It’s slides like this one of Damascus, Syria that make me wish I knew the history behind the photographer who took it. It’s one tantalizing picture out of dozens of that explore the history and art of Egypt. This photo was taken sometime in the 1950’s, likely 1952 based on the dates on other photos in the same collection. I wonder if the photographer took a huge Middle East trip to visit all the historic spots he could?
Even when this picture was taken, the city was old. It claims to be the longest continually inhabited city in the world. Carbon dating places inhabitants within the city walls as far back as 6300 BC, although there is evidence that people lived in the city as far back as 9000 BC. Yet at the time of this picture Syria would have been an independent country for only four years.
Unfortunately today Damascus, Syria is not exactly a place most people want to visit. A Civil War has been going on since 2011. As the capital city of Syria, Damascus has seen quite a bit of the fighting in this conflict.