"Apamea , An abandoned town with glorious history" Top 5 Page for this destination Apamea by dionysias
Apamea Travel Guide: 54 reviews and 320 photos
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 …….
- In a nutshell:A great Long history with so many rocks
The entablatures which were re-erected resembles the way used to avoid monotony in building the Cardo Maximus along with... more travel advice
The Cardo Maximus or the ( Central axis ) , a splendid thoroughfare which was lined with shops and linked the principal... more travel advice
dionysias' Related Pages
Apamea Travel Guide
Member Travel Pages
- "Apamea - Afamia"
- "Apamea , An abandoned town with glorious history"
- "Apamea - Is it the best or 2nd best ruins in syria"
- "The Wonder of Apamea..."
- See All...
- Things to Do in Apamea
- Transportation in Apamea
- Warnings and Dangers in Apamea
- See All...
Badges & Stats in Apamea
- 7 Reviews
- 4 Photos
- 0 Forum posts
- 9 Comments
- See All Stats
- See All Badges (4)
Have you been to Apamea?Share Your Travels
Latest Activity in Apamea
Top 5 Pages
- Qanawat Intro, 18 reviews, 21 photos
- Shahba' Intro, 11 reviews, 14 photos
- Top 5 Page for this destination Apamea Intro, 7 reviews, 4 photos
- Umm ar Rumman Intro, 2 photos
- Fougères Intro, 1 photo