Monthly Archives: April 2008

Tartous and Arwad

Castle of Arwad island, which has long known history still from ages before our calendar (B.C.). For full details wikipedia link is useful.

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Here are pictures from the island:

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It was holiday, and people from around Syria had come to Tartous:
Theme: Syrians.

Arwad island port. Tartous Standing at the front of the boat during the Arwad island way is A LOT OF FUN Syrian young Standing at the front of the boat during the Arwad island way is A LOT OF FUN People in holiday Arwad island port. Tartous Arwad island جزيرة ارواد Tartous, Arwad Island port People embarking boats

Now let’s sail in the waters of Mediterranean sea:

Tartous, Mediterranean waters

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The small port of Arwad taking boats:

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Chastel Blanc برج صافيتا

The second floor of the tower

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

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From the tower of Safita

Shinsharah historical dead city

Our (together with my friend) destination lately was to Shinsharah. A hilltop eminence at west of Maaret Alnooman town made of limestone massifs.

Unexpectedly it was like a whole city, it was fun and spirituality walking between these ruins and feeling the past.

Here are what I saw:

Shinsharah site, Byzantine times ruins

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Byzantine era ruins

Some black & white photographs

Orontes river in Darkush town
Orontes river in Darkush نهر العاصي في بلدة دركوش

Byzantine church A village home Burj Haidar's church in a villager's garden Ancient things Surqania location's ancient church Study Students St. Teqla church Limestone Massifs of west Aleppo

Village street
Market in village سوق في بلدة ارمناز

Flora in Syria

Spring flora by Hovic

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Beginning of spring

Looking to sky In the backyard area Leaves

Idlib countryside – Darkush

Spring at Idlib countryside

Idlib is at north-west of Syria, west of Aleppo. The countryside is green and prosperous. A lot of historical sites, mainly byzantine era villages, monasteries, churches, the whole is known as “dead cities”, and also some castles, bathrooms, mosaics.

The museum of Maaret Alnooman is one of richest in mosaic and related art exhibitions.

The limestone mass is abundantly present which constitutes a part of attractive nature, beautiful rocky mountains intermixed with agricultural fields, and the Orontes river, which is “historical” in the sense that known history of this region mentions this river in the oldest scripts.

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Countryside in Syria

Mosque entrance in Armanaz Village bazar (market) Track road Wild red Olive fields Idlib autostrade Village bazar in Armanaz Orontes basin The road to Darkush Village bazar Orontes river in Darkush town Syrian countryside