We were in Syria in 2011, for an 8 day guided tour trip around the country. Since we left, almost every day, I hear the news about the uprising in Syria . Believe it or not, today was exactly the day in 2011 that we left Syria at the border for Jordan and at the same time the uprising started to erupt in Daraa, the border city with Jordan. Since then, thousand have been killed and millions made homeless in Syria’s civil war. Sadly enough this has also caused irreparable damage to some of the world most precious historical sites.
We were lucky enough to see some of those historical sites all around Syria. I will dedicate my next posts to my memory of the good old Syria …
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The remains of the Temple of Jupiter, at the edge of Umayyad Mosque
Damasq – the famous red colour of Damascus that create it’s name for the colour as as well as the cloth type
Inside Assyam Palace, in the middle of the Old City of Damascus
The famous Hejaz Rail Station – The track was supposed to connect Damascus and Mediina in Saudi, but this is never materialised
Umayyad Mosque – one of the 4 most important mosques in Islam History
The very ornate Iranian Mosque, at the other end of the town
The head of a Corinthian column laying around all over the place in Palmyra
Bedouin kid posing for my camera…. where is he now? …. So many question could be asked for him…
The main gate to Palmyra, which is in the middle of the war
Series of Corinthian Columns in Palmyra
Resafa, another archeological site in Syria, built in the 9th BC by the Assyrians
Arabs normally are shy to be photographs, but not so with this good looking man that I met in one of the historical places in the countryside of Syria
Citadel of Aleppo –
Inside the Aleppo Citadel
The children who had a school visit to this citadel in Aleppo, they were laughing and chatting when we were there.
Aleppo’s Old Souq
Facade of Aleppo then: grey, dusty and unmaintained, but the ornament of the facade are still intact. I don’t know how it looks like now….
The smile – She smiled shyly, but she is not camera shy
Where they are? – Aleppo’s young people happily pose in front of my camera, I wonder where they are now?
Hama Water Wheel – The City of Hama, famous for it’s water wheel on the river Orontes, built in the 7th century. One of the largest had a diameter of about 20 metres and its rim was divided into 120 compartments. The picture shows one of the 17 water wheels survived to the 21st century. What I don’t know is whether this is surviving the civil war.
Krak des Chevaliers a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world.
Krak des Chevaliers
Krak des Chevaliers – lies between the cities of Tartus and Homs; situated in the Homs Gap, guarder the road between the Homs and the coast.
A view in Maaloula, a village around 56 km Northeast of Damascus and 1500m above see level, is where the language of Aramaic, the language spoken by Jesus Christ and still used as a living language in this village.
Busra was one of so many Roman Cities, however, now it’s only a small village near Syrian Border with Jordan. This Amphitheater was the only ruin that was still intact, 2 years ago. Now, who knows….
Ibn Seena St, الدوحة, Qatar
Hi Nins. I work in the Middle East and have many Syrian work colleagues & friends. Truly horrific what is happening. God help Syria & its people.
I work in the Middle East and has many colleagues and friends too, they are now a bit stuck with their life abroad, and worried about their family they left behind. Yes, it is a sad story….
Thank you for dropping by Mike.
Thanks Nins. I live in Dubai (generally) but have been in Saudi for last 10 months. Inshallah returning to Dubai shortly. Mostly Syrian running my company. Really lovely people.
Hi Nins (again!). – with your permission I will put link to your Syrian blog in my own blog this coming Friday. I have many Syrians on my list, including a number from Aleppo. Am sure they will really enjoy seeing their home town as it was, in all its splendour. Great work, well done Nins!
Hello Mike. Glad you liked my Syrian blog, “Remembering Syria” and yes please include a link in your blog for your Syrian friends.
My husband and I really enjoyed our week in Syria visiting interesting places and meeting the Syrian people.
I really want to go back sometime.
Some incredible places out here to visit. Make sure & hubby get to Petra in Jordan sometime. Never to be forgotten place. Ok – over & out for tonight. Regards.
Thanks for sharing. You were really lucky you were able to see the old sites. Now I still get upset whenever I hear about the damaged Aleppo.
Beautiful pictures, thank-you for sharing.
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Your style is so unique compared to other people I’ve read stuff from.
Thank you ffor posting when you’ve got the opportunity,
Guess I will just bookmark this blog.
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