National Geographic : 1946 Dec
Ancient Damascus, a Flourishing Oasis, Seems a Paradise to the Bedouin Wandering Infrom the Desert New town climbs the slopes to the right. Old town follows the Barada River, to which it owes its beauty and longevity. Two slender minarets mark Tekkiye Mosque, built in 1516 for pilgrims to Mecca. Its beehive-domed hostelry now shelters Moslem theological students. Beside it,buses await repairs (page 761).