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Ancient villages of Northern Syria

Ancient villages of Northern Syria
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The Ancient villages of Northern Syria are the remains of rural societies from late Antiquity and early Christianity. Basilicas, pagan temples, bathouses, residential areas, pilgrims dwellings, inns, Roman tombs and temples are found among the ruins.

The inhabitants gradually converted to Christianity. They were inspired by hermits such as Saint Simeon, who drew lots of pilgrims. Subsequently a powerful monastic movement developed in the region.

The area is located in the Limestone Massif, close to Turkey. It covers 8 parks with some 40 villages. Notable elements are:

- Church of Saint Simeon Stylites

- Serjilla, an early Byzantine town

- Pyramidal tombs at Al-Bara

- Byzantine Bizzos Church at Rouweyha

- Qalb Loze Basilica

- 2nd century Roman temple at Baqirha

After the mid-6th century, the area gradually fell into decline due to food shortages and epidemics. From the 10th century on it became totally deserted. As it has been abandoned for nearly one thousand years since its occupation in ancient times, it has been called the region of "dead cities".

Map of Ancient villages of Northern Syria

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Michael Novins United States 28.11.16

Ancient villages of Northern Syria by Michael Novins

I visited Syria largely by public transportation in May 2009. After taking a bus from Palmyra to Aleppo, with a stop in Homs, I checked into the Baron Hotel, the oldest hotel in Syria, where I stayed in room 203, the same room where Agatha Christie wrote the first part of "Murder on the Orient Express." Mr. Walid, the Baron's renowned manager, organized a car and driver for a day trip to several nearby sites, including Serjilla and al-Bara (and its Tombeaux pyramidaux), two of the Ancient Villages of Northern Syria. During that same day trip, I visited Apamea to see its Great Colonnade, the main colonnaded avenue which runs for more than a mile and is among the longest and best preserved ancient Roman streets, and Hama to see its Norias, enormous water power wheels. Apamée (Afamia) and the Noréas de Hama are on the tentative list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. For anyone interested in World Heritage Sites, there are very few days that can rival this day trip from Aleppo (itself a World Heritage Site), but it may be a long time before it can be safely repeated.


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Site Info

Full name: Ancient villages of Northern Syria

Unesco ID: 1348

Inscribed: 2011 In Danger

Type: Cultural

Criteria: 3   3   4   4   5   5  

Link: By Name By ID

Site History

  • 2013 - In Danger Together with all 5 other Syrian WHS, due to Civil War
  • 2011 - Inscribed 
  • 2010 - Revision Includes former TWHS Qal' at Sem'an (Saint-Syméon) (1999)
  • 2010 - Incomplete - not examined 

Locations

The site has 8 locations.

  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: Jebelal-A'la [QalbLoz
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelBarisha [Deiroun
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelSem'an1 [Qal'atSem'an]
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelSem'an2 [KafrNabo]
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelSem'an3 [Sinkhar]
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelWastani [KafrAqareb]
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelZawiy
  • Ancient villages of Northern Syria: JebelZawiy