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  St Sergius's Basilica
by TheWanderingCamel

Known in Byzantine times as Sergiopolis and for a time the main city in Syria, Resafeh is now a extensive and beautiful ruin. Named once for St Sergius, Syria's soldier saint, the city had many periods when it was highly favoured and richly endowed but earthquakes and conquest have laid waste to most of its spendours. What remains are the rose-coloured walls and some impressive buildings within. The site is vast and is surrounded by very well preserved walls with some lovely arcading and a massive north gate. Inside virtually all is bare but there are two large churches and three very impressive cisterns. No doubt future excavations will unearth much more, but the task is huge.

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  • Written Apr 17, 2005
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