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The Hauran is a volcanic plateau in southern Syria. It includes Damascus, the capital.


Map of Hauran
  • 1 Damascus — the capital and oldest continuously inhabited city in the world.
  • 2 As-Suwayda — Small city sometimes called Little Venezuela due to the influx of affluent Venezuelan Syrian immigrants.
  • 3 Al-Zabadani Al-Zabadani on Wikipedia — summer resort and hill station
  • 4 Deraa — an ancient city on the Jordanian border.
  • 5 Sayyidah Zaynab Sayyidah Zaynab on Wikipedia — an important destination for Shī‘a Muslim pilgrims containing the grave of Zaynab, granddaughter of Muhammad.
  • 6 Saidnaya Saidnaya on Wikipedia — home to a Greek Orthodox monastery believed to have been founded by Byzantine emperor Justinian I,
  • 7 Yabroud Yabroud on Wikipedia — home of the oldest church in Syria

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  • 1 Bosra — a Roman city in southern Syria close to the Jordan frontier noted for the use of black basalt stones and its well preserved theatre
  • 2 Der Mar Musa Monastery of Saint Moses the Abyssinian on Wikipedia — not a tourist site, but an active Christian monastery actively promoting Islamic/Christian dialogue. Welcomes Christians and followers of other religious traditions. It is 80 km north of Damascus.
  • 3 Shahba Shahba on Wikipedia — Former Roman city of Philippopolis.
  • 4 Shaqqa Shaqqa on Wikipedia — Small town and site of the former Roman city of Maximianopolis.
  • 5 Qanawat Qanawat on Wikipedia — Small town with several Roman archaeological sites.
  • Golan Heights (Syria) - mountainous area on the Israeli border
  • 6 Rakhlah Rakhlah on Wikipedia — Former Roman city of Zenopolis with ruins of two Roman-Phoenician temples


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This area is probably safer than the contested Syrian Desert and the Kurdish areas, as the rebels have been cleared from Hauran. However, the area does sometimes see rocket exchanges between Israel and Iran-backed forces in Syria.

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