Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tawhid Mosque

Tawhid Mosque.

Monday, May 29, 2006

University of Aleppo. Book Statue

Louis Figo Fans

Apart from flags waving on balconies, cars also are entered in the competition of football fans expressions.

Rahman Mosque

Rahman mosque. Aleppo.
جامع الرحمان في تقاطع الطرق في حي السبيل وحي السريان

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Around The Citadel of Aleppo

Some medieval buildings around the citadel of Aleppo.
Night scenes.

God's Hand

New Quarters in Aleppo

New quarter in Aleppo, muhandisin and zahra streets.
The apartments here cost millions, about 5 and over.
احياء حلب الجديدة

Toys shop.


Friday, May 19, 2006

Aleppo Citadel

Aleppo citadel's Greater mosque.
الجامع الكبير لقلعة حلب

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The history of the citadel is related to Aleppo's medieval history.
The city became part of the Byzantine Empire before falling to Arabs in 637; in the 10th century a resurgent Byzantine Empire briefly regained control from 974 to 987. Aleppo was twice besieged by Crusaders, in 1098 and in 1124, but was not conquered. It came under the control of Saladin and then the Ayyubid Dynasty from 1183 and remained in Arab hands until taken by the Mongols in 1260. Returning to native control in 1317, decades after the Battle of Ain Jalut, it became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1517, when the city had around 50,000 inhabitants.

The ancient history of Aleppo

Because the modern city occupies its ancient site, Aleppo has scarcely been touched by archaeologists. The site has been occupied from around 1800 BC, as recorded in the Hittite records. It grew as the capital of the kingdom of Yamkhad until the ruling Amorite Dynasty was overthrown around 1600 BC. The city remained under Hittite control until maybe 800 BC before passing through the hands of the Assyrians and the Persian Empire and being captured by the Greeks in 333 BC, when Seleucus Nicator renamed the settlement Beroea. The city remained in Greek or Seleucid hands until 64 BC when Syria was conquered by the Romans.

The snakes' door. باب الحيات

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Khaled Ibn Al-Walid Mosque, Homs.

UmZnnar Church, Homs.

Homs Old Streets

St Elian Church In Homs

Sheizer Castle (Shayzar) قلعة شيزر

Shaizar or Shayzar was a medieval town and fortress in Syria, ruled by the Banu Munqidh dynasty, which played an important part in the Christian and Muslim politics of the crusades.

And this is the nature of the Hama region

Friday, May 12, 2006

West of Homs

Here are some pictures of Wadi Nasara, located west to Homs.
وادي النصارى غربي حمص ، وسط سوريا

Krak des Chevaliers. Knights' Castle. قلعة الحصن

Here it begins the road to the castle, when it is seen from main Homs-Wadi road.

Krak des Chevaliers (also Crac des Chevaliers, "fortress of the knights" in a mixture of Arabic and French) was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller in Syria during the Crusades.

The castle is located east of Tripoli in the "Homs Gap (34°46′N 36°19′E)," atop a 650-meter high cliff along the only route from Antioch to Beirut and the Mediterranean Sea. The original fortress had been built in 1031 for the emir of Aleppo. It was captured by Raymond IV of Toulouse early in 1099, during the First Crusade, but was abandoned when the Crusaders continued their march to Jerusalem. It was reoccupied again by Tancred, Prince of Galilee in 1110. Raymond II, count of Tripoli, gave it to the Hospitallers in 1144.

The fortress is one of the few sites where Crusader art (in the form of frescoes) has been preserved. Edward I of England, while on the Ninth Crusade in 1272, saw the fortress and used it as an example for his own castles in England and Wales. T.E. Lawrence believed Krak des Chevaliers was the greatest of the Crusader castles and "the most wholly admirable castle in the world." Today it is owned by the Syrian government, who operates it as a tourist attraction.