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    Paradise Lost: Once Bustling, Lively Syria Before 2011 Civil War

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    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
    • Lost Paradise: Jolly Old Syria Before 2011 Civil War
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    A Syrian model, center, displays a creation during a competition for Syrian fashion designers with 12 participants, in Damascus. October 6, 2009.

    Fashion weeks, crowded markets, tourists, resorts, ancient architecture and even casinos — prewar Syria was a peaceful, hospitable and absolutely wonderful place. Sputnik guides you through Syria, a world lost in the ongoing bloody civil war. When will once bustling and lively Syria rise from the ashes? 

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