Sunday, January 21, 2007

An Explorer To Qneyya, Yakubiye, And Nasira

QneyyaToday's trip as my friend mentioned was a discovery of Syria's unknown beauty. Villages sunk in green prosperous lands, although little was visible at this time, due to prevailing winter hue.
The first step was not so unknown Qneyya village-town, famous for centuries as a point in Orontes river pool. It was very cool to see the clean streets, covered with pebbles, and many buildings written on them the date built.

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The friend of mine who guided us to the end of trip to Nasira and back, Shaaban mentioned that Syrian Tv Serials were filmed here. Even we stood on the same spot where actor Ayman Zidan turned the carriage up-down in an episode.

Qneyya

Then we approached the church of the town where were being renovations, just near it stood the school, and a small cemetry. Here are some shots from the church and around.

Qneyya

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Secondly, we went to Yakubiye village, it is an old village also, far smaller than its fame! The fame here is from St. Anna Church, where many pilgrims come every year in a day specified for this saint. Here mostly Armenians come, and make "harisa", Armenian famous food, and distribute it to people attending the service and celebrations. See the pics.

Yakubiye. St. Anna Church

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Here are some views from Yakubiye village.

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Another church in the village.

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Continued to further north, we came to beautiful scenaries full of olive trees, rocks, long trees, and still green leaves.

Nasira Mountains

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Nasira village is small village, almost one family village, very old, still the old homes are seen, views are reminiscent of 100s years ago senses.

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These shots are from the high mountains, when we reached my friend's grandfather's home, living there in full calm and silent atmosphere. Enjoy the silence.

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