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Ancient City of Damascus

Founded in the 3rd millennium B.C., Damascus is one of the oldest cities in the Middle East. In the Middle Ages, it was the centre of a flourishing craft industry, specializing in swords and lace. The city has some 125 monuments from different periods of its history – one of the most spectacular is the 8th-century Great Mosque of the Umayyads, built on the site of an Assyrian sanctuary.

Criteria for inclusion as a World Heritage Site

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iTo represent a masterpiece of human creative genius. All
iiTo exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design. All
iiiTo bear a unique or at least exceptional testimony to a cultural tradition or to a civilization which is living or which has disappeared. All
ivTo be an outstanding example of a type of building, architectural or technological ensemble or landscape which illustrates (a) significant stage(s) in human history. All
viTo be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance. (The Committee considers that this criterion should preferably be used in conjunction with other criteria). All

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Byblos Archaeological Site 201891.1km site_ao
Mount Arbel 2018107.3km site_ao
Beirut’s Grudge House 201788.3km site_ao
Tower of Claudius 201771.5km site_ao
Beit She’arim Necropolis 2018141.7km site_ao
Zodiac Mosaic of Hammat Tiberias 2018108.7km site_ao
Convalescent Home (today: King Solomon Hotel) 107.3km site_brutalism
Clarisses Sisters Unity Chapel 78.1km site_brutalism
Interdesign Building 87km site_brutalism
Ministry of Defense 196278.8km site_brutalism
Soldier’s House (Beit Hachyal) 1963144.4km site_brutalism
Our Lady of the Fortress Basilica (Saydet el Hosn) 92.9km site_brutalism
Faculty of Mechanical Engineering (today Danciger Laboratories), Technion 144.7km site_brutalism
Leo Baeck School 146.2km site_brutalism
Immigrants Hostel (today The Alfred & Irma Morgenthau Absorption Center) 128.6km site_brutalism
Hraiche Pool 108.7km site_brutalism
Dr. Melki Hospital 112.8km site_brutalism
Necropolis of Bet She’arim: A Landmark of Jewish Renewal 2015142km site_whs
Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din 2006141.3km site_whs
Ancient City of Bosra 1980111.7km site_whs
Baalbek 198455.9km site_whs
Byblos 198491km site_whs
Tyre 1984106.6km site_whs
Ouadi Qadisha (the Holy Valley) and the Forest of the Cedars of God (Horsh Arz el-Rab) 199884.8km site_whs
Anjar 198442.3km site_whs
Bahá’i Holy Places in Haifa and the Western Galilee 2008145.5km site_whs
Biblical Tels – Megiddo, Hazor, Beer Sheba 2005146km site_whs
Sites of Human Evolution at Mount Carmel: The Nahal Me’arot / Wadi el-Mughara Caves 2012156.1km site_whs
Old City of Acre 2001130.9km site_whs
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About the source: UNESCO

Within UNESCO's broad remit, this specialised agency of the UN works towards international cooperation agreements to secure the world's cultural and natural heritage, designating venues of exceptional value as World Heritage Sites.