The very unique mixture of a modern metropolis with buildings that date back over millennia makes Damascus one of the most beautiful of the Middle Eastern capitals. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. As early as1979, the old town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And you can still enjoy authentic Oriental flair in Damascus: for example, in the Damascus souq (market) or in the picturesque Naufara hookah pipe café, which is located just a few steps away from the Grand Mosque and the Jesus Minaret. The head of John the Baptist is said to be kept there. Other important heads (of state) that have left their mark on this capital include Alexander the Great, St. Paul and Mohammed the Prophet.