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The ancient ruincity of Apamea are often forgotten to the advantage of Palmyra. The latter certainly are more spectacular, but Apamea certainly are worth the trip there as it is very easy to reach by car from Hama city. The city was founded by a former general in the army of Alexander the great in the 3rd century. IOt was some 500 000 inhabitants there at its heydays-before it was destroyed by an earthquake. the thing to do here is to walk along the almost 2 kilometer long mainstret where coloumn still rise towards ther sky, behind them, some of the fasads are just enough intact to give the visitor the impression of a very impressive mainstreet. On the ground there is tracks left from the wagons oce travelling there. Early in the morning you usually have the place all to yourself, when i visited, the ticketbooth hadn't even opened yet. At that time you can easily "hear" the sounds of the ancient highstreet-camels, donkeys, the wooden wheels from the carts, louydly discussions, swearing from an annoyed caravanleader, curious children and definately some poor beggars. Now all those men, and their women are dust, only birds and lizzards roam here, but around the mainstreet it is fertile pastureland still in use.

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  • Written Jul 31, 2004
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