Fashion weeks, crowded markets, tourists, resorts, ancient architecture and even casinos — prewar Syria was a peaceful, hospitable and absolutely wonderful place. Sputnik guides you through Syria, a world lost in the ongoing bloody civil war. When will once bustling and lively Syria rise from the ashes?

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The central market of Damascus. © SPUTNIK/ NATALIA SELIVERSTOVA

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A Syrian vendor stands at his sweets shop in downtown Damascus. October 9, 2007. © AP PHOTO/ BASSEM TELLAWI

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Buyers at the central market in Damascus. © SPUTNIK/ ALEXEI DANICHEV

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A herdsman grazes goats on a mountain slope near Slenfe. © SPUTNIK/ ALEXEY KUDENKO

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A beach of a resort hotel in Latakia. © SPUTNIK/ ALEXEI DANICHEV

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Locals at the central market of Damascus. © SPUTNIK/ NATALIA SELIVERSTOVA

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Syrian whirling dervish dancers from the Aleppo Heritage Ensemble perform during the festival of “Nights of Spiritual Music” at Qasr al-Adhm in Damascus. Late September 7, 2008. © AFP 2016/ LOUAI BESHARA

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Syrians weave carpets at a market in Old Damascus. October 6, 2003. © AFP 2016/ LOUAI BESHARA

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Syrian Bedouins watch over their camels as tourists tour around the historic town of Palmyra during the al-Badia festival, northeastern Damascus. May 4, 2007. © AFP 2016/ LOUAI BESHARA

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A family at the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus. © FLICKR/ ALEX KESHAVJEE

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A stand offering various sorts of pickled and colored vegetables at a covered street market in central Damascus. © FLICKR/ PAUL KELLER

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A Latakia local resting on the Mediterranean Sea. © SPUTNIK/ NATALIA SELIVERSTOVA

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At a restaurant in the suburbs of Damascus. © SPUTNIK/ ALEXEI DANICHEV

Syria Now December 2015

Syrian people should never ever forget who destroyed their beautiful country..

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