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Sunset over PalmyraPaul had some things to write about his journey to Damascus and his memoirs were so good that they actually made it into the Bible.
I'm not sure that ours are that memorable but we have only got ...
... Romans, Byzantines, Seljuqs, Mamluks and Ottomans.
There are various types of 13th and 14th centuries construction, such as caravanserais, Quranic schools and hammams, and the Christian and Islamic holy buildings of the old city and Jdeydeh quarter.
The old city is characterized with its large mansions, narrow alleys and covered suqs.The old city was built (mostly in white stone) within the historical walls of the city.The old part of the city is surrounded with ...
... too many difficulties. Built around 1300AD and of Arab architecture it afforded a great view over the city.
I have an excellent sense of direction, but invariably go in completely the wrong direction and get completely lost. This time was no exception. It does mean however, that I get to see places that I would never have seen and will probably never see again. The 1km back to the hostel took 3 hours and finished with a ...
Finally made it across the border after what seems like a very long time spent in Turkey. Spent a bit longer in Hatay than we had planned, not to enjoy the warm winter sunshine, but so that i (martin) could spend some time studying the finer qualities of the hotel's squat toilet.
On Monday ...
... and “disappeared” until two English merchants came across it in the 17th century. Today there is a large green oasis behind mud brick walls with date palms growing in tidy squares packed tightly together. Beside the road when leaving were pomegranates for sale along with leather jackets.
From Palmyra we went further east, touching briefly the border with Iraq at Abu Kamal where the flashier, tighter, more westernised clothes of ...