The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The capital of Syria, one of the oldest cities in the world; stands 2260 ft. above the sea-level; is a great centre of the caravan trade; is embosomed in the midst of gardens and orchards, hence its appearance as the traveller approaches it is most striking; its history goes as far back as the days of Abraham; it was the scene of two great events in human destiny—the conversion of St. Paul, and, according to Moslem tradition, a great decisive moment in the life of Mahomet, when he resolutely turned his back once for all on the pleasures of the world.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Damascus'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/d/damascus.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.