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Damascus
دِمَشق Dimashq
Damascus City landmarks Damascus SkylineDamascus University • Damascus Opera House Four Seasons Hotel and Barada River • National Museum • Umayyad MosqueAzm Palace • Maktab Anbar
Official seal of Damascus
Seal
Nickname(s): (Madīnatu 'l-Yāsmīn) City of Jasmin
Country Syria
Governorates Damascus Governorate, Capital City
Government
 • Governor Bishr Al Sabban
Area
 • City 105 km2 (41 sq mi)
 • Urban 77 km2 (30 sq mi)
Elevation 680 m (2,230 ft)
Population (2009 est.[1])
 • City 1,711,000
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+3)
Area code(s) Country code: 963, City code: 11
Demonym Damascene
Website Damascus Governorate
Sources: Damascus city area [2]

Damascus is the capital and largest city of Syria. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world (see section: Ancient history), before Al Fayyum, and Gaziantep. Its current population is estimated at about 1.67 million. The city is a governorate by itself, and the capital of the governorate of Rif Dimashq (Rural Damascus).

  1. Central Bureau Of Statistics in Syria: Chapter 2: Population & Demographic Indicators Table 3: Estimates of Population actually living in Syria in 31 December 2009 by Mohafazat and sex (in thousands)
  2. Albaath.news statement by the governor of Damascus, Syria (in Arabic), April 2010
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