Friday Market, Damascus

Souk (market in Arabic) Shrijeh is one of a few “Friday” markets in Damascus, so called because it is in a Christian neighborhood and is open on Friday, the Moslem holy day when markets in Islamic neighborhoods are closed. Friday markets do well on Friday, as you might imagine. It is close to the western gate of the old city, Bab Jabiyah, and the more famous Medhat Pasha Souk.

Otherwise it is a typical covered outdoor market, noisy and atmospheric, especially in the evening. The sheet metal roofs of these markets invariably are full of small holes, said to be from the bullets of frustrated French soldiers forced to abandon the city a hundred years ago. True? It hardly matters, it makes a great story. (Price Schedule G)

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