Sunday, December 30, 2007

The princess of the desert

Qasr Alheer Alsharqi (Eastern Alheer Palace) or (Eastern Castle) is located in the middle of the desert in Syria 128 km away from Palmyra and 100 km from Sergiopolis (Rusafa). It was built by Umayyad caliph Hisham Ibn Abdul-Malek about 740 A.D. in an area rich in desert fauna. It is said that calif used to spend his free time here, and go for hunting and learn original Arabic from local bedouin tribes.

The palace consists of two square structures, the bigger one has a diameter of 300m and the lesser one 100m. It is found at the slopes of Bishri Mountain near Palmyran Middle Mountains. The palace(s) contain remnants of rooms, arches and columns seem to be parts of a huge complex of royal premises. Some of the decorated parts are moved to Damascus National Museum.

The bigger palace has been several floors, with a huge gate and many towers. Towers were not built as defensive measures. There were also olive yards. The palaces were supplied with water by nearby byzantine church by a canal 5700m long. The palaces contained bathrooms, water reservoirs, mosques and gardens.

Wikipedia.

Also translated: Eastern alheer palace.

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Palmyra: The Pearl Of Syrian Desert (Albadiye)

Palmyra (Arabic: تدمر) was in ancient times an important city of central Syria, located in an oasis 215 km northeast of Damascus and 120 km southwest of the Euphrates. It has long been a vital caravan city for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. The earliest documented reference to the city by its pre-Semitic name Tadmor, Tadmur or Tudmur, [1] is recorded in Babylonian tablets found in Mari [2]. Though the ancient site fell into disuse after the 16th century, it is still known as Tadmor (in Arabic تدمر) and there is a small newer settlement next to the ruins of the same name.
Info: Wikipedia.

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