Introducing his 1997 photo story Damascus, the eye of the East, French photographer Pascal Meunier wrote:
It’s not easy being paradise on earth in a country so often censured by the West… Arising out of the desert four thousand years ago, the capital of Syria again bats her eyelashes to seduce the voyager. Restoration of its palaces, enhancement of its mosques, redevelopment of its souks, Old Damascus is giving itself a beauty treatment. But watch out for a too conspicuous facelift.
This is an ode to Damascus during peace time, Damascus that used to be, and hopefully – might be one day again.
For more of Meunier’s work, go to his official website.