Saturday, July 09, 2005

Safita: The Narrow Streets Leading To The Burj Alsafita

Safita (Arabic صا فيتا) is a city in north-western Syria, located to the southeast of Tartous and to the northwest of Krak des Chevaliers. The city has a population of 33,000. It is located on the tops of 3 hills and the valleys in between them, in the coastal mountain ranges of Syria. It was important during the crusades, and was inhabited by the Knights Templar of the castle Chastel Blanc while part of the County of Tripoli.



The city has been inhabited since the times of the Phoenicians, and several archaelogical discoveries have been made, including Phoenician and Canaanite settlements.








This is much like the narrow old streets in Aleppo (Saliba str.) and Damascus (Bab touma str.).

While you are going up, you enjoy the cobblestone way, the beautiful colors of each building.

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