Mezzeh

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Mezzeh (Arabic: المزة‎, also transcribed as al-Mazzah, el-Mezze etc.) is a municipality and a relatively new neighborhood of Damascus, Syria. It lies to the southwest of central Damascus, along the Mezzeh highway. It started gaining importance when the French constructed Mazzeh Military Airport there, which was the main airport in Damascus until Damascus International Airport was opened. It also held the notorious Mezzeh prison until 2000. The current presidential palace is on the top of Mount Mezzeh and overlooks all of Damascus.

Mezzeh is nowadays one of the most modern and expensive areas of Damascus, especially the areas along the Mezzeh highway. It is also a major embassy neighborhood.

History[edit]

Mezzeh featured in the 1941 Battle of Damascus. Compton Mackenzie later described it at the time as being "a large village standing at the junction of the road from Damascus to Beirut and Quneitra".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mackenzie, Compton (1951). Eastern Epic. London: Chatto & Windus. OCLC 1412578. p115

Coordinates: 33°30′11″N 36°15′30″E / 33.50306°N 36.25833°E / 33.50306; 36.25833