"St. Simeon Monastery" Syria Things to Do Tip by MichaelFalk1969

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  St. Simeon monastery
by MichaelFalk1969

This monastery belongs to the "Dead Cities", a term for historic byzantine settlements in the vicinity of Aleppo that were once prosperous but later given up by their inhabitants who emigrated, likely due to endemic warfare, high taxation and natural catastrophes. The major attraction of the Dead Cities is the monastery of St. Simeon. In the 4th century AD, the saint Simeon lived here on a column (all what is left of that is a large boulder). After his demise, a monastic church was build here in his honour and attracted pilgrims. The church is a romantic ruin, and on the way to St. Simeon it is easily possible to stop at the remnants of other dead cities (Refada, Quattura, Dair Saman). Public transport is complicated, so a taxi should be hired.

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  • Updated May 24, 2010
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