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Syria is still very much off the beaten track of the usual tourist destinations in Asia, but people who do choose it as a travel destination rarely leave disappointed. The city of Latakia is undoubtedly one of Syria's prime tourist destinations. A tour in Latakia will take you on a historical and cultural voyage through several fascinating eras of history. Latakia contains several important Roman remains, not to mention a wide variety of historical sites from the Byzantine period. During the medieval era, Latakia was occupied at various points by European nations, and was also controlled by the French after World War One. Anyone with an interest in European history who tours Latakia will be taken aback by the intriguing juxtaposition of European monuments and buildings such as churches alongside the mosques and minarets that normally characterize towns in the Middle East. The Ottoman Empire's rule over the town for several centuries has also left it with a rich legacy of various types of Islamic architecture. Everybody who tours Latakia will feel honored to have had the chance to come into such close contact with such a fascinating and diverse range of historical sites.