Al-Hamidiyah Souq

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Al-Hamidiyah Souq
سوق الحميدية
Al-Hamidiyah Souq 02.jpg
Length 600 metres (2,000 ft)
Width 15 metres (49 ft)
Location Damascus, Syria
Coordinates 33°30′39″N 36°18′3″E / 33.51083°N 36.30083°E / 33.51083; 36.30083Coordinates: 33°30′39″N 36°18′3″E / 33.51083°N 36.30083°E / 33.51083; 36.30083
Construction
Construction start 1780
Completion 1884

Al-Hamidiyah Souq (Arabic: سوق الحميدية‎) is the largest and the central souk in Syria, located inside the old walled city of Damascus next to the Citadel. The souq is about 600 metres (2,000 ft) long [1][2] and 15 metres (49 ft) wide,[1] and is covered by a 10-metre (33 ft) tall metal arch. [1] The souq starts at Al-Thawra street and ends at the Umayyad Mosque plaza, and the ancient Roman Temple of Jupiter stands 40 feet tall in its entrance.

History[edit]

The famous Syrian Booza in the Bakdash store

The souq dates back to the Ottoman era, being built along the axis of the Roman route to the Temple of Jupiter [2] around 1780 during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid I,[1] and later extended during the reign of Sultan Abdul Hamid II.[1] Nowadays it is one of the most popular shopping districts in Syria, being lined with hundreds of clothes emporiums, handicraft shops selling traditional crafts and jewelry, cafés, grocery stores, food stalls and ice cream parlors,[2] before the ongoing Syrian Civil War, it was one of Damascus's main attractions and was visited by many foreigners including Europeans and Gulf Arabs,[2] but it still remains a popular attraction between locals and Syrians.[2]

Although there have been many violent clashes around Damascus and in some of its neighborhoods, the souq has not been affected in any way by the ongoing war, although peaceful protests and demonstrations have taken place in the nearby Medhat Pasha Souq which extends from the Al Hamidiyah Souq.

It was one of the treasures featured in the 2005 BBC documentary Around the World in 80 Treasures presented by Dan Cruickshank.

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