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Baron Hotel, Aleppo
At the time the premier hotel in the Middle East, Lawrence stayed here regularly 1911-1914 when working as an archaeologist in nearby Carchemish. The hotel still proudly displays T.E.'s unpaid bar bill and a leather-bound guest book sporting such names as Agatha Christie, Theodore Roosevelt and Charles Lindbergh.
Finding it: Sharia al-Baron, Aleppo
Tel: +963 221 0880
Fax: +963 221 8164
A stunning hilltop fortress dominating Syria's second largest city, Lawrence photographed and sketched Aleppo Citadel as part of his undergraduate thesis. It provides excellent views over the city's rooftops.
Finding it: Old town, central Aleppo
Tel: +963 362 4010
City Hall, Damascus
It was here that Lawrence helped establish a new Arab government for Syria in the hours after the city's liberation in October 1918. A number of collaborators were hanged on the sidewalk outside.
Finding it: The building now houses the Ministry of Information just off Al-Merjeh (Martyr's Square), central Damascus
Hejaz Railway Terminus, Damascus
The northern terminus of the railway built to ferry pilgrims to Medina, the Hejaz Railway in fact ferried Turkish troops and supplies to Arabia. It was regularly attacked by Lawrence and the Arabs between 1916-1918. The interior still retains its original decorations. A weekly steam train departs for Amman.
Finding it: Saahat Hejaz (Hejaz Square), Damascus
Carchemish is the site of the ancient Hittite city where Lawrence worked as a field archaeologist between 1911-1914. It was here that he met Dahoum and spent what many consider to have been his happiest years. The mound he worked on is now a Turkish military installation, guarding the sensitive border with Syria, and the railway bridge the Turks built across the Euphrates is still clearly visible.
Finding it: Carchemish is known locally as Jarablos, two hours by road north east of Aleppo
At Der'a, according to his own account, Lawrence was captured and raped by the Turks in November 1917. The Hejaz train station stands much as it did in World War I, its dilapidated engine sheds still house the haunting bodies of rusting locomotives.
Finding it: Der'a lies two hours south of Damascus on the Syria-Jordan border
Krak des Chevaliers
One of the most magnificent and best preserved of the Crusader castles, Lawrence visited Krak des Chevaliers as part of his undergraduate tour in 1909. He called it, 'the finest castle in the world'.
Finding it: known locally as Qala'at al-Hosn, the castle lies half-way between Homs and Tartus in Eastern Syria
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