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Travel Warning WARNING: Most governments advise against all travel to Syria. See the Syria article for more information.
(Information last updated Sep 2020)

Raqqa is a city in Syria, best known for serving as the headquarters of ISIS between 2014 and 2017.


While Raqqa became know to the world as the capital of the self-declared Islamic State between 2013-2017, the city has a long history as a Hellenistic, Roman, and Byzantine city. Many historic sights and artifacts have however been destroyed or lost during the fight to liberate the city. As of early 2020 the local government is still struggling to bring back basic services, however efforts have been made to save and restore some of the historic buildings and sights within the city.

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As of 2020, the border with Turkey remains closed, and all other overland routes remain dangerous.

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Ruins of the Qasr al-Banat castle. The ruins have mostly survived the civil war intact.
Caution Note: Extensive damage has been done to these places by ISIS and the ensuing battles.
(Information last updated Jul 2020)
  • 1 Great Mosque of Raqqa (الجامع الكبير في الرقة‎). First built in 772 AD, this mosque was extensively damaged during by fighting in 2017. Reconstruction efforts started in late 2019. Great Mosque of Raqqa (Q5599598) on Wikidata Great Mosque of Raqqa on Wikipedia
  • 2 Ruins of Qasr al-Banat Castle. Qasr al-Banat (Q2121443) on Wikidata Qasr al-Banat on Wikipedia
  • 3 Raqqa Museum (متحف الرقة). Damaged during the civil war, the museum has now been renovated and is once again open to the public. However, of the more then 5,000 artifacts that was housed before the war, only about 1,300 remains. Raqqa Museum (Q1961862) on Wikidata Raqqa Museum on Wikipedia
  • 4 Raqqa City Walls. Assyrian fortifications, survived the 2017 siege of the city except for a 25-m-long stretch that was demolished to allow Syrian Democratic Forces troops to enter the Old City.
  • Baghdad Gate.






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See the warning in the Syria article.

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