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Photo Subject : Historical Sites

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Photos marked as were added from 1 March 2017.


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Province
State
Place
Location
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Syria
Damascus
Umayyad Mosque
 Detail of the 6th century mosaics on the octopyle.
Syria
Damascus
Umayyad Mosque
 Detail of the mosaics of the main building.
Syria
Seydnaya
Convent of the Blessed Virgin
 The convent was built by Justinian in 547. It is sacred to both Christians and Muslims.
Syria
Markab Castle
 Markab Castle was built by European Crusaders.
Syria
Markab Castle
 One of the stone buildings at the castle.
Syria
Markab Castle
 Battlements.
Syria
Markab Castle
 The castle was and captured by Salah-el-Din (Saladin).
Syria
Markab Castle
 The castle is set on a high hill.
Syria
Markab Castle
 Overgrown structures.
Syria
Markab Castle
 The castle is in ruins.
Syria
Ugarit
 The ruins of Ugarit, a 4000 year old Phonoecian city.
Syria
Ugarit
 The world's first alphabet was invented here around 1200 BC.
Syria
Aleppo
Citadel
 The 8th century Citadel dominates the city.
Syria
Aleppo
Citadel
 Detail of the walls.
Syria
Aleppo
Citadel
 The entrance is reached along a viaduct.
Syria
Aleppo
Citadel
 Courtyard.
Syria
Aleppo
Citadel
 The Citadel has three mosques and two hamams (baths).
Syria
Aleppo
Citadel
 The banquet room.
Syria
Aleppo
Archeological Museum
 Part of a Hittite figure.
Syria
Aleppo
Archeological Museum
 Assyrian figures.
Syria
Qalat Saman
 Qalat Saman is a 5th century Roman church in the shape of a cross located in the Syrian desert.
Syria
Qalat Saman
 The main building is a 5th century Roman church.
Syria
Qalat Saman
 The church is features typical Roman arches.
Syria
Qalat Saman
 Detail of a Babylonian sun cross.
Syria
Qalat Saman
 Roman style architecture.
Syria
Qalat Saman
 View of St Simeon's Church.
Syria
Kirk Biza
 Ruins near Aleppo.
Syria
Qalb Loze
 Qalb Loze is a ruined Roman cathedral.
Syria
Qalb Loze
 The site dates from 476 AD.
Syria
Palmyra
 The ancient oasis city of Palmyra.
Syria
Palmyra
 The entrance to the anceint city.
Syria
Palmyra
 The city was one of the largest in the ancient world and dates from 1900 BC.
Syria
Palmyra
 The city was once ruled by one of the ancient world's rare queens, Zenobia.
Syria
Palmyra
 The main road into the city.
Syria
Palmyra
 A mix of Greek and Roman styles.
Syria
Palmyra
 Greek style building. Palmyra is one of the Decapolis cities that were a trade union of the ancient world.
Syria
Palmyra
 The tetrapyle.
Syria
Palmyra
 Elaborate carvings.
Syria
Palmyra
 View of the city at dawn.
Syria
Palmyra
 Greek funerary temple.
Syria
Palmyra
 Palmyra traded with countries as far away as China.
Syria
Palmyra
 Ruined temple.
Syria
Palmyra
 Roman temple built by Diocletian.
Syria
Palmyra
 The Roman amphitheatre.
Syria
Palmyra
 View from the theatre.
Syria
Palmyra
Temple of Baal
 The Temple of Baal is the largest structures at Palmyra.
Syria
Palmyra
Temple of Baal
 The temple dates from the 1st century.
Syria
Palmyra
Temple of Baal
 The temple was the most important in the Middle East during the 1st century.
Syria
Palmyra
Temple of Baal
  The interior.
Syria
Palmyra
Temple of Baal
 Tall columns in the Temple.
Syria
Palmyra
Temple of Baal
 Detail from the Babylonian style temple of Baal.
Syria
Palmyra
 View of the oasis from the Temple of Baal.
Syria
Palmyra
 The site is dotted with carvings.
Syria
Palmyra
 Carving of a horned animal.
Syria
Palmyra
 The Arab Necropolis.
Syria
Palmyra
 Arab tombs in the Necropolis.
Syria
Palmyra
 The Arab necropolis dates from the Caliphate era.
Syria
Palmyra
 Arab tower tomb from the necropolis.
Syria
Resafa
 The ruins of the ancient city of Resafa.
Syria
Resafa
 The site was first inhabited by the Assyrians in the 9th century BC.
Syria
Resafa
 The city became a Roman military outpost.
Syria
Resafa
 During Christian times, the city was a pilgrimage site for Saint Sergius.
Syria
Resafa
  The large Byzantine church dominates Resafa.
Syria
Resafa
 Brickwork and arches of the Byzantine church.
Syria
Resafa
 Old tower in the Byzantine church.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The spectacular walls and battlements.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The castle dates from 1110.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The site was formerly a Kurdish settlement.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The castle was built by European Crusadors.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 Crak de Chevaliers is the best preserved Crusader castle in the Middle East.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The castle has many passageways.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 One of the many buildings in the castle.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The castle dominates its surroundings.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 Arabic caligraphy on the walls.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The moat.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The castle contains many and extensive covered areas.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The Crusaders were driven out of the castle in 1291.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The walls overlook a valley.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 The last 500 inhabitants were moved out in 1933.
Syria
Crak de Chevaliers
 View from the castle.
Syria
Convent of St George
 The convent dates from the 13th century.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 The caravanserai in the lower town is overlooked by a living citadel.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 The caravanserai has many mosaics from the Greek period.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 The mosaics date from 300 BC.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 Mosaic of two birds.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 Wall mosaic.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 Mosaic with geometric patterns.
Syria
Afamea
Caravanserai
 Greek mosaic dating from 300 BC.
Syria
Afamea
Greek Ruins
 The ancient ruins at Afamea are totally Greek with no Roman additions.
Syria
Afamea
Greek Ruins
 The ruins date from 300 BC.
Syria
Afamea
Greek Ruins
 Afamea was a member of the Greek Decapolis, a collective of city states.
Syria
Afamea
 The Orontes River is the site of an ancient battle between the Egyptians and the Hittites.
Syria
Bosra
 Bosra is a Roman town once inhabited by Canaanites, Amorites and Nabateans.
Syria
Bosra
 Bosra is still inhabited with the original Roman houses among the ruins of the ancient city.
Syria
Bosra
 Bosra dates from the 14th century BC.
Syria
Bosra
 People still live in the Roman houses in the ancient city.
Syria
Bosra
 The main street.
Syria
Bosra
 The Mosque of Omar (720 AD) is decorated with Greek, Roman and Nabatean columns.
Syria
Bosra
 Detail of a wall mosaic.
Syria
Bosra
 Ruins of a Byzantine cathedral from 513 AD.

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