Damascus Old City Street Scene

October 09

This scene is like a movie set, except that its completely authentic in every dusty detail. Its a street in the old walled city of Damascus, Syria, and was taken on someone’s holiday in 1964. The old walled city of Damascus is under threat today, despite being on the World Monument Fund’s list of ‘100 Most Endangered Sites in the World’. Residents have begun to move out in favor of more modern accommodation so many old buildings are falling into disrepair and the government has demolished some parts. How achingly awful that this is happening, and therefore how precious this image. I wonder if the street still exists.

Selective color enhancement really helped to pop those melons off that cart!

Before and after – click for big.



Posted by on October 9, 2012 in Middle East, Traditional architecture

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