These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

• These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Now Syria is the site of one of the worst conflicts in the world over the past five years. The most recognizable images of the Middle Eastern countries show a bombed-out buildings, piles of rubble and refugees.

A series of pictures taken 50 years ago by Charles W. Kushmanov (Charles W. Cushman), an avid traveler and an amateur photographer, in stark contrast to the present day. His photographs of Damascus Center appears full of peace, despite a number of military coups in Syria in the 1960s.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

4 million Syrians have fled their country since 2011. This Damascus picture with drone shows why so many people no longer feel safe there.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Entire neighborhoods have been destroyed in the fighting and people are no longer just live in some areas of the capital.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

50 years ago it was also a period of instability in Syria. In the two years before Cushman in 1965, he visited Damascus, the military coup in the country, which resulted in the party came to power the Arab Socialist Renaissance "Baath".

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Then, 23 February 1966, Syria shook the fifth in 4 years coup led by Salah Jadid and Hafez al-Assad.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

But these photos show the everyday aspect of life in this country.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

The women wear a variety of clothes.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

The men wear suits western style.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Many of Cushman pictures present the animals.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

In the mid-1960s, the animals transported goods through the center of Damascus. Cushman gave it a shot called "full load".

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Sometimes the animals are also transported people.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

"Great Horseman - a little donkey", - stated in the description of this photo.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Photos also show a bustling street scene.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Carts were filled with fruit.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

The family bought everything you need together.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

And traders were goods on their backs.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

The minaret towers over the busy market.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

The city center was crowded with shoppers.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

A crowded street.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Cushman signed the photo: "The Syrian ceiling?"

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

This is the Barada River flowing through Damascus.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

"Sheep across the Damascus highway."

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago

Agricultural land near Damascus.

These old photos show how the capital of Syria looked half a century ago