Syria, along the fertile crescent...

In october and november 2008 I travelled along the fertile crescent in Syria.

The slideshows on these pages show you the highlights of this trip.

First is Aleppo, the 2nd largest city of Syria which site has been inhabitated for more than 4000 years.

The second show is the site of the basilica of Saint Simeon the Stylite. The basilica was buit in the 4th century AD and at that time the biggest church in the world. The site was left in the 7th or 8th century because trade routes changed as a result continuous warfare in the area.

Apamea is the site where you can find the remains of the longest columnated street in the Eastern provinces of the Roman empire. In that time Apamea was famous for it’s elephant’s trade. Young animals were brought to Apamea from India from where they were sold to all countries around the Mediterranean.

Hama is famous for it’s Nouriah’s, huge irrigation wheels that are still in use today.

Damascus, the capital of Syria is a fascinating cities with many visible remains of more than 20 centuries. It’s gem is the Umayad mosque, first built as a Christian basilica that in the 8th century became a mosque. It’s the third holy place of Islam , after Mecca and the dome of the rock in Jerusalem.

In the last slideshow you can see pictures of some of the Christian monasteries in the Ant-Lebanon mountain range, Northwest of Damascus. These monasteries date from the 4th - 6th century AD and are in use until today.

If you want more information about Syria and the places I visited, pleas click the following links, they will redirect you to Wikipedia.



Saint Simeon