"Dead cities" Syria Off The Beaten Path Tip by global_explorer
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Between the cities of Hama and Aleppo there is a vast numbers of socalled dead cities, ruins from the byzantine era abandoned 1500 yearsa ago. The reason was probably change in tradingroutes and that sort of things. They were not destructed in warlike aktions They range in size from single buildings to big villages. Some buildings are so well preserved that it looks more likely that they was abandoned just a few years ago. Serjilla, Ruweiha and Al bara are some of the more seeworthy. In some places people still grow the farmland, it is still as fertile as it was in the bysantine era, and some ruins are even in use for both people and annimal. In Serjilla there is still clear water in omne of the wells, you hear the occational scream from a child, the gobling from hens and maybe a donkey. This makes the experience even more special. Getting around py public is said to be possible, but it will eat a lot of time. Chartered transport is better. In Hama Hotel Cairo can organise reasonably priced cars. They got me a buick model 1951, in itself an attraction, and a very pleasant driver. The roadtrip in itself is an attraction, through nice mountain and plainlandscapes, villages and fertile landscapes. It is one of Syrias nicest areas.
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