Rare Glimpse: Peaceful Life of Damascus

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Journalists who visited Damascus suburbs where the Syrian Army and militants have been engaged in fierce battles compared it to Stalingrad, a Soviet city that was the epicenter of the bloodiest battle in World War II.

Throughout its history, the Syrian capital has faced numerous conquests, but it always remained one of the most important and impressive cities in the Arab world.

The life of Damascus and its people today – in our photo gallery.

© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: Worshippers at the tomb of St. John the Baptist in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.
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Above: Worshippers at the tomb of St. John the Baptist in the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: Chiseler at the Al-Hamidiyah Souq market in Damascus.
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Above: Chiseler at the Al-Hamidiyah Souq market in Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: Local residents in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
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Above: Local residents in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: A man in a shop in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
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Above: A man in a shop in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: A boy in a school bus in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus
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Above: A boy in a school bus in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: Residents of the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
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Above: Residents of the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: A man washing his car in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
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Above: A man washing his car in the Bab Sharqi District of Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev Above: A man at a barber's shop in Al-Hamidiyah Souq market in Damascus.
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Above: A man at a barber's shop in Al-Hamidiyah Souq market in Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankAbove: Pedestrians in the old city of Damascus.
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Above: Pedestrians in the old city of Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankAbove: Children playing football in Damascus.
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Above: Children playing football in Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankAbove: Local people buy bread in a bakery in Damascus.
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Above: Local people buy bread in a bakery in Damascus.
© Sputnik / Iliya Pitalev / Go to the photo bankAbove: Pedestrians on a street in Damascus.
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Above: Pedestrians on a street in Damascus.
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