The Syria of today offers tourists as much a cultural experience as a sightseeing one, where ancient history provides a fascinating backdrop to everyday life on the streets                          


Pictures From The Syrian History


Shukri al-Asali (1868-1916), the editor of al-Qabas newspaper in Damascus. Asali became a deputy in the Ottoman Parliament, and supported the Committee for Union and Progress (CUP) when they revolted against Sultan Abdulhamid II in 1908. He fell out with the CUP, joined al-Fatat, the leading underground movement in Ottoman Syria, and was executed in public in Damascus on May 6, 1916 by Jamal Pasha, the Military Governor of Syria

Jamal Pasha, the Military Governor of Syria during World War I

The pioneer journalist Mary Ajamy, a nursing student from AUB, who founded the first women s magazine in Syria in 1910 called al-Arus (The Bride)).

Abd al-Rahman Pasha al-Yusuf, a deputy for Damascus in the Ottoman Parliament who led the Muslim pilgrims from Damascus to Mecca every year on the annual pilgrimage. Yusuf was one of the most influential men in Ottoman Syria, due to his wealth and connections in Istanbul, and the religious duties bestowed upon him by Sultan Abdulhamid II

Faris al-Khury, the Christian deputy in the Ottoman Parliament in 1913, who was to become prime minister of Syria in the 1940s and 1950s

Faris al-Khury, while serving as deputy in the Ottoman Parliament, was also an instructor at the Syrian Protestant College in Beirut, later renamed the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is pictured first from right in the third row, standing with the university faculty before Assembly Hall. Seated in the middle of the first row is AUB founder, Dr Daniel Bliss

Syrian students at Maktab Anbar in 1904. Anbar was the first school to offer a certified baccalaureate degree in Syria

Syrian students at Maktab Anbar in 1912

Armenian students cramped into crowded classrooms in Aleppo after they flooded Syrian cities upon the Armenian Massacre of 1915.

The Hamidiyyeh Market in Old Damascus in 1890, named after Sultan Abdulhamid II

The coastal city of Lattakia in Ottoman Syria at the turn of the 20th century

An imperial envoy reading a royal declaration from Sultan Mohammad Rashad V, calling on the people of Damascus to enlist in the Ottoman Army at the outbreak of World War I in August 1914

Arab doctors serving in the Ottoman Army during World War I

The military prison in Marjeh Square, created by the Ottoman Turks during World War I

Official proclamation of the Arab Revolt on June 10, 1916

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