"Apamea , An abandoned town with glorious history" Top 5 Page for this destination Apamea by dionysias

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It was just a field , and then was discovered , now it’s an important site .
All the town was collapsed and covered by earth and since then the rebuilding of the city began gradually piece by piece , the excavations from the 1930 till now , but this have only partially revealed the secrets of the city .
Well , Apamea is an archaeological city-site of western Syria it’s a fine example of the Hellenistic cities that flourished in Syria during the third century B.C .
it used to contain up to 120000 inhabitants . Originally known by the name of Pharnake , it was renamed Pella after Alexander the Great's victory at the battle of Issos in 333 B.C., in memory of his father's village in Macedonia. Several wars later, following Seleucus's ( the Macedonian commander that succeeded Alexander the great in Syria ) victory over Ipsus in the year 301, the town was renamed Apamea in 300/299 B.C. after a Persian princess married to Seleucus . Ever since, the name Apamea has survived the ravages of time throughout the centuries.
The importance of Apamea was great at the ancient times , So it was the capital of Syria Secunda while Antoich ( nowadays Antakya ) was the capital of Syria Prima , . It was also home to the headquarters of an archbishopric , since then the city was occupied by the Persians , Arabs , Crusaders , and then by the Ayyoubid Muslim dynasty .
This is a brief of the long history of this elegant ancient town !
Nowadays it’s a site for excavations and sightseeing , there is just tow modern installations , a guard room and a 3 stars restaurant all the rest is a very very old and very rich history …….

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  • In a nutshell:A great Long history with so many rocks
  • Last visit to Apamea: Jul 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • keeweechic's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2003 at 7:20 PM

    Quite an amazing history to this ancient place. Amazing, how those ruins withstood not only time but natural disasters. Well described and good photos.

  • Sep 20, 2003 at 3:02 PM

    it seems Syria has got many interesting sites. nice pages, good job!

  • freya_heaven's Profile Photo
    Jun 15, 2003 at 9:49 AM

    Great start, I'd Love to visit Syria & learn more about your country. (~_~)

  • Narviking's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2003 at 10:19 AM

    Was one month in Syria during my last visit and didnt see this place. Hopefully next time !!

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  • dave_21's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2003 at 3:46 AM

    Great reading about a fachinating country wich history should not be forgiven! Terrific photo on the beuatiful ruins! I would like to see more of your beautiful country Haiyan!

  • cbeaujean's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2003 at 3:31 AM

    sharing with you the same interest about
    this archeological gem,out of the beaten paths...

  • crazyguitar's Profile Photo
    Mar 12, 2003 at 3:26 AM

    Great start!! waiting to see more of your beautiful country!! Syria is one of the best Ancient sites around the World!

  • aeroarce's Profile Photo
    Mar 10, 2003 at 12:35 PM

    Good PIC!
    you've got a great country hope to read more about it!!


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