Antique print dated 1895. The page is over 120 years old and in good condition.
In order to enhance and protect the page we have set it within a brown frame with mount.
Frame size 400mm x 370mm. available also in a gold frame, your choice. RtW.99.
Entitled – Damascus. Panorama of the City, from Sulhieh.
Below the picture an inscription reads:
Damascus. – This, the oldest city in the world, is reached by diligence from Beyrout in from fourteen to eighteen hours. Damascus is also the largest city in Syria, and lies 2,260ft. above the level of the sea; it is situated on the west margin of the Great Syrian Desert, and is bounded by mountains on three sides. In spring the city is seen in all its glory; the walnut-trees are in full bloom, the vines climb exuberantly from tree to tree, and the apricot-trees and pomegranates form a delightful shelter from the fierce sun. Notwithstanding the efforts of the dogs, those universal scavengers of the East, the air is terribly poisoned with miasma in the summer months, when the temperature rises to 100 and 104 degrees in the shade. At this period the inhabitants sleep upon the flat roofs of their houses, heedless of the heavy dews. The Jewish quarter of Damascus still lies near the “Street which is called Straight” (now known as Derb el Mustakim). To the north of this district is the Christian quarter; and the remainder of Damascus is Moslem, including the Meidan, a part occupied by peasants only, and which extends south in the form of a single street. The present form of Damascus is not unlike a spoon – the handle being the long street just mentioned; altogether, there are about 120,750 people in the town. Damascus is, without doubt, the most essentially Oriental city in the world; it is computed that the number of Moslem mosques and colleges is about 248. The various crafts are formed into guilds; and there is a guild, or trade union, even of beggars. The fortress of the citadel is a huge square structure, built by Melik el Ashraf in 1219; it measures 310 paces by 250, and is surrounded by a moat 19 and a half-ft. wide and 14 and a half-ft. deep. The moat, however, is now overgrown with reeds. At various corners of the castle are twelve projecting towers, with overhanging stories.
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