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Sarjella – To Be World Heritage Site

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Sarjella. This Location Is Now Proposed For Inclusion In UNESCO World Heritage Sites’ List By Syria

Sarjella Byzantine Site

Serjilla (Arabic:سيرجيلة) is one of the best preserved of the Dead Cities in northwestern Syria. It is located in the Jebel Riha, approx. 65 km north from Hama and approx. 80 km southwest from Aleppo, very close to ruins of an another “dead city” of Bara.

The settlement arose in a natural basin and prospered from cultivating of grapes and olives. A bath complex indicates the wealth of the community. Unusually, it was built in 473, already during the time of Christianity. In 1899 an archeological team from the Princeton University discovered a large mosaic on the main hall floor but it had disappeared when the team returned six years later. Traces of now destroyed murals were found on the walls as well. Next to the baths stands an andron, a meeting place for men. Further east there was a small church but not much remains of it. Among ruins of numerous residential houses it is worth to mention a two storey villa which still stands today. In two lower rooms one can still see an arch which would have supported the ceiling. This feature was typical in the Dead Cities. Behind the villa there is a sunken building with an olive press.

Like most other of the “Dead Cities”, Serjilla was abandoned in the seventh century when the Arabs conquered the region and discontinued merchant routes between Antioch and Apamea.

Wikipedia.

Sarjella Byzantine Site

Sarjella Byzantine Site

Sarjella Byzantine Site

Sarjella Serjilla سرجيلا سرجيلة

Serjilla (Arabic:سيرجيلة) is one of the best preserved of the Dead Cities in northwestern Syria. It is located in the Jebel Riha, approx. 65 km north from Hama and approx. 80 km southwest from Aleppo, very close to ruins of an another “dead city” of Bara.

Two storey villa in SerjillaThe settlement arose in a natural basin and prospered from cultivating of grapes and olives. A bath complex indicates the wealth of the community. Unusually, it was built in 473, already during the time of Christianity. In 1899 an archeological team from the Princeton University discovered a large mosaic on the main hall floor but it had disappeared when the team returned six years later. Traces of now destroyed murals were found on the walls as well. Next to the baths stands an andron, a meeting place for men. Further east there was a small church but not much remains of it. Among ruins of numerous residential houses it is worth to mention a two storey villa which still stands today. In two lower rooms one can still see an arch which would have supported the ceiling. This feature was typical in the Dead Cities. Behind the villa there is a sunken building with an olive press.

Wikipedia.

Sarjella. Syria. Museum In The Nature.


Sarjella. Syria. Museum in the nature.


Sarjella. Syria. Stones speak.


Sarjella. Syria. Varient life and varient people.


Sarjella. Syria. A door to the history.


Sarjella. Syria. Enjoy the history!


Sarjella. Syria. History lives here.

Sarjella. Syria. Overview.


Sarjella. Syria. Overview.

Sarjella is located in the north of Syria near to Ariha, on the highway of Aleppo-Lattakia. It represents the Roman and Byzantine era, a typical village of those times, with all life-style components in it. It is back to 260 A.D., and some of the findings belong till to 340 A.D. People could build and prosper here due to the relative stability of this interval for them.

Sarjella is one of many villages found in this area, distinguishably well preserved. The location contains homes, churches, hostelries, olive oil fabrics, and cemeteries.
Some of the stones you see in the pictures are by hundreds of kilograms.

As to the findings on these ruins, Sarjellean people spoke Syriac and Greek languages. They adopted some of the Greek traditions as bases to their social life. And as to economic life, we knew also that Sarjella had a kind of democracy. Peasants got rich; some of the great buildings were owned by them.


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