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The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

For the last month, photographer Narciso Contreras has been showing the destruction in Aleppo, Syria. Here, people walk past damaged homes during heavy fighting between Free Syrian Army fighters and government forces

damascus style. I'm always soothed and refreshed by the spare sophistication of these small stone sitting rooms with Islamic patterns. (It moves me to alliterate, apparently.) Would definitely consider having a room inspired by this aesthetic in my own home. -RS

I'm always soothed and refreshed by the spare sophistication of these small stone sitting rooms with Islamic patterns. (It moves me to alliterate, apparently.) Would definitely consider having a room inspired by this aesthetic in my own home.

Courtyard, Beit Zafran Hotel de Charme | Damascus, Syria.

Grand courtyard in arch style windows in grey, browns and minimal of wine red color tones

Sayyida Zainab Mosqueì

The Sayyida Zainab mosque in Damascus, Syria.i remember how inspiring it was to walk under these arches.may god bless this mosque and all others in syria from the mercenaries and terrorists and god bless syria al assad

Pelo Mundo...  Palmira, hoje Tadmor, era uma antiga cidade na Síria central, localizada num oásis a cerca de 210 km a nordeste de Damasco. A localização estratégica da cidade, aproximadamente a meio da distância que vai do mar Mediterrâneo até ao rio Eufrates, tornou-a num ponto de paragem obrigatório para muitas das caravanas que seguiam aí a sua rota comercial. O nome "Palmira" refere-se, tal como o prenome feminino, às palmeiras — árvore que supostamente existiria aí em grande quantidade.

Roman Ruins, Palmyra, with Qalat ibn Maan looming in the background,Syria - 2010

Site of Palmyra, Syria - What an experience! From Damascus, driving down to Palmyra and seeing some amazing sights was exhilarating! The hypogeums ("Valley of the Tombs"), going to one of the oldest churches where Aramaic is still spoken, the colonnades and the arches, it's all worth a visit if you ever get a safe chance!

Site of Palmyra, Syria - What an experience! From Damascus, driving down to Palmyra and seeing some amazing sights was exhilarating! The hypogeums ("Valley of the Tombs"), going to one of the oldest churches where Aramaic is still spoken, the colonnades a

Lost her family. She is just a baby. Got no one now. Syria is Crying, Syria's children are crying. Help! These are the types of people Britian are aiming to bomb really

Children of war. the innocent pay the price in Syria. Children pay with their lives.

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