"Blocks of Stone" Qal`at as Sim`an Things to Do Tip by MM212

Qal`at as Sim`an Things to Do: 17 reviews and 52 photos

  Welcome to Saint Simeon
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  • Welcome to Saint Simeon - Qal`at as Sim`an
      Welcome to Saint Simeon
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  • Fragments - Qal`at as Sim`an
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  • Ruins of statues - Qal`at as Sim`an
      Ruins of statues
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Upon arrival at Saint Simeon, immediately after the ticket office, the first sight one comes across is an incredibly ornate block of stone (see main photo). The Byzantine-style carvings are in an amazingly well-preserved state and the block itself was probably part of a frame of an arch or a window. It is unfortunate that this piece of stone is lying on the ground as shown and was not part of a reconstruction of the ruins. To the left of the stone is a small yard with numerous other fragments of statues and building stones (see other photos). There is also a café to the right for a pause, if needed.

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  • Written Apr 21, 2008
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