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Damascus. A historic living city must not become a theme park

Germany Architecture News - Jan 26, 2010 - 13:17   5087 views

How can ancient cities benefit from theUNESCO world heritage badge and simultaneously avoid becoming a ‘WaltDisney’ for tourists? Syria’s capital, Damascus, is the oldestcontinuously lived in city in the world and is in danger of thisphenomenon. With its five-star hotels and so-called ‘VIP pockets’, thelocals are being driven out in droves.