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  An arch from the Roman Aqueduct - Dec 09
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  • An arch from the Roman Aqueduct - Dec 09 - Damascus
      An arch from the Roman Aqueduct - Dec 09
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  • The Roman Aqueduct - Dec 09 - Damascus
      The Roman Aqueduct - Dec 09
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  • Spices on Qanawat St - Dec 09 - Damascus
      Spices on Qanawat St - Dec 09
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  • Qanawat St architecture & shops, Dec 09 - Damascus
      Qanawat St architecture & shops, Dec 09
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  • Covered market in Qanawat - Dec 09 - Damascus
      Covered market in Qanawat - Dec 09
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The Roman Aqueduct that once brought water from the Barada river upstream to Damascus has survived remarkable intact. Unfortunately, most of it is buried underground and what is above ground has been incorporated into adjacent construction and plastered over. No effort by archaeological authorities has been made to uncover or excavate the aqueduct, while ordinary people walk down Qanawat Street, which traces the path of the aqueduct, on a daily basis unaware of its existence or the fact that it gave this very street and surrounding neighbourhood their name. Qanawat Street, which means canals or aqueducts, is the main thoroughfare in the extra muros Qanawat district situated south-west of Old Damascus. Locating the Aqueduct requires a keen explorer and a sharp eye! Although the shape of a few of the arches of the aqueduct is still visible, only one arch is open and forms a narrow passage. The level of the ground has risen so much that the passage is now several steps below street level and one still has to bend down to be able to pass through the low arch. The Qanawat neighbourhood and street are both well worth exploring. The area developed in the 18th and 19th centuries and looks no different than Old Damascus with interesting shops (spices, bakeries, etc) and mosques that cater only to locals (see attached photos).

Address: Qanawat St, Qanawat District
Directions: Qanawat Street runs from Bab al-Jabiya, behind Madrassa Siba'iya to the modern Khalid ibn al-Waleed St, just south of the Hijaz Railway Station.

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  • Updated Feb 18, 2010
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