What was Syria like before the war?

  • Before the fighting broke out in 2011, Over 22 million people lived there
  • Syria has been a centre of art and culture since 3,000 BC- including Hellenistic, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Islamic
  • In 2008, Damascus ( Capital and largest city of Syria) was honored as the Arab Capital of Culture
  • In 2010, Gorillaz became the biggest Western band to play there
  • The tourism industry was flourishing before the war 2010 to 2011, Syria drew more tourists than Australia in 2010, 8.5 million
  • Visitors would go there to explore ancient Roman ruins, vast deserts, bustling souks, Mediterranean beaches and mosques from the early days of Islam
  • Syria was home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Six Heritage Sites are - Ancient City of Aleppo, Ancient Villages of Northern Syria, Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din, Palmyra, Damascus and Bosra

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