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Aleppo and Damascus in Syria claim to be two of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world; Aleppo has a sweet, authentic-feeling souk and a pretty Christian quarter, and the Ummayad Mosque in Damascus is an alluring blend of the Islamic with Pagan roots.

Krak de Chevaliers is the most finely preserved medieval castle in the world, the ancient ruins of the caravan route at Palmyra - an oasis in the middle of the desert - bleed pink at sunrise and sunset, and the Cities of the Dead are a spooky reminder of the temporal nature of man's creations.

And the food: delicate mezze and fruity kebabs, washed down with arak and a bubbling water pipe, will make you wonder how you ever managed to rush a meal in your life.

Our articles explain exactly why you should check out Syria for yourself, and include hints on how to conduct yourself in a traditional hammam in Damascus, why Palmyra was known as the "Bride of the Desert", and even where to find one of the rowdiest soccer stadiums in the world.

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Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra hopes to reopen to tourists in 2019

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The crisis in Aleppo, explained in four minutes

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Next time someone downplays the refugee crisis, show them this video.

Straight Outta Syria: Meet the young refugee rappers with a message

Here’s why a fearful response to the Syrian refugee crisis would lead to catastrophe

Feeling hopeless watching the refugee crisis unfold on the news? Here’s how you can help.

What journalists carry on the front lines: Nish Nalbandian, Syria

Has ISIS made being an international aid worker too dangerous to be worth it?

A bitter taste of freedom for Syria’s Kurds

24 images from a war zone: Rojava, Syria

My experience photographing on the front lines of the Syrian Civil War

What journalists carry on the front lines: Lucas Pernin, Syria

What journalists carry on the front lines: Achilleas Zavallis, Syria

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