Monthly Archives: April 2007

Rusafa

While you came here, please see my friend’s photos about Rusafa, which some of them uniquely pictured.

Rusafa Remnants. Sergiopolis

Resafa (Arabic: الرصافة), known in Roman times as Sergiopolis, was a city in Syria. It is an archaeological site situated south-west of the city of Ar Raqqah and the Euphrates.

The site dates back to the 9th century B.C, when a military camp was built by the Assyrians. During Roman times it was a desert outpost fortified to defend against the Sassanids. It flourished as its location on the caravan routes linking Aleppo, Dura Europos, and Palmyra was ideal. Resafa had no spring or running water, so it depended on large cisterns to capture the winter and spring rains. Fortunately, the rainfall in the area was more than sufficient. Resafa was planted right in the path of the Persian-Byzantine wars, and was therefore a well-defended city that had massive walls that surrounded it without a break. It also had a fortress.

The city’s naming comes from “Sergius”,a Roman soldier who was persecuted for his Christian faith. Sergius was brought to Resafa for his execution, and there he became a martyr for the city. A church was built to mark his grave and the city was renamed Sergiopolis.

Info taken from Wikepedia.org

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Rusafa Ruins. Sergiopolis

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Aleppo City Center. Aziziye Streets

Some of these buildings are from last century in 30-ies and 40-ies.

Euphrates

Euphrates

The river is approximately 2,781 kilometers (1,730 miles) long. It is formed by the union of two branches, the Kara (the western Euphrates), which rises in the Armenian highlands of today’s eastern Turkey north of Erzurum and the Murat (the eastern Euphrates), which issues from an area southwest of Mount Ararat, north of Lake Van. The upper reaches of the Euphrates flow through steep canyons and gorges, southeast across Syria, and through Iraq. The Khabur and the Balikh River join the Euphrates in eastern Syria.

Length 2,800 km
Source elevation 4,500 m
Avg. discharge 818 m³/s
Basin area 765,831 km²

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphrates

These pictures are at 40km after river enters Syria, at Najem castle.

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And these pics at another point in a dusty winds day.

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Where Spoken Aramaic Language

Maalula - St. Teqla Church

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Maalula - St. Teqla Monastery

Nature of Maalula, note the rock styles and shapes:

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St. Serge and Bacchus church:

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Maalula

useful links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acts_of_Paul_and_Thecla
http://www.homsonline.com/Citeis/Maalula.htm

Brad Location (From Dead Cities)

Brad location is the northest “dead city” in the west-aleppo byzantine remnants area.
Ruins of an old basilica is seen obviously from the first look to the village, and further you see there old roman baths, and a small tower.
As to The area is found just in the village with the same name, easily reachable by Samaan road, or the other Azaz road. I prefered the Samaan road because of fewer traffic, and beautiful nature scenes.

Ruins Of Byzantine Era Church In Brad

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Some pictures about the area nature:

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Monastery In The Syrian Desert

Mar Mousa Monastery is one of spectacular places in Syria. Unexpected to the environment, rocks, stones, dry areas, it survives.
Long centuries ago, it was said that first christians refuged there. Nowadays monastery is revived by monk Paolo, who gives lectures about the peaceful living of religions, beliefs, and mankind.

Mar Mousa Church

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Mar Mousa Panoramic Views

The church is full of beautiful frescos, where some of them are preserved and some of them are spoiled during time, but still it is clear to have a look and impression.

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Mar Mousa Church

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The rocky nature, right said the ravine is gorgeous. You don’t resist the solitary feeling with your thoughts and with yourself. Meditation doers often find calm atmosphere here to check themselves.

The Valley Where Mar Mousa Monastery Looks

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Some Aleppo Scenes After Rainy Days

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