Thursday, September 28, 2006

A Cloudy Day, North-East Of Aleppo Countryside

Syrian kids wanted to be photographed in that same cloudy day.

Syria. Najm Castle At Euphrates Banks.

Not far from Aleppo, to north-east by around 100km, an ancient citadel-castle stands for its beauty to compete with the not less majestic waters of Euphrates.
Since the Hamdani dynasty who ruled Aleppo in 900-ies, it became famous as a stronghold for the king then.
The castle is 95m long and 64m wide, and at 27m attitude from Euphrates now (it was 68m before) due to building of a dam nearby south to it.

Stops on Syria's highways

While travelling you meet sometimes beautiful scenes and interesting things, here we are:

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Euphrates River In Syria.

The name Euphrates may have originated from Old Persian Ufratu, as it were from Avestan *hu-perethuua, meaning "good to cross over" (from hu-, meaning "good", and peretu, meaning "ford").

The river is approximately 2,780 kilometers (1,730 miles) long. It is formed by the union of two branches, the Kara (the western Euphrates), which rises in the Armenian highlands of today's eastern Turkey north of Erzurum and the Murat (the eastern Euphrates), which issues from an area southwest of Mount Ararat, north of Lake Van. The upper reaches of the Euphrates flow through steep canyons and gorges, southeast across Syria, and through Iraq. The Khabur and the Balikh River join the Euphrates in eastern Syria.

The Euphrates provided the water that led to the first flowering of civilisation in Sumeria, dating from about the 4th millennium BC. Many important ancient cities were located on or near the riverside, including Mari, Sippar, Nippur, Shuruppak, Uruk, Ur and Eridu. The river valley formed the heartlands of the later empires of Babylonia and Assyria. For several centuries, the river formed the eastern limit of effective Egyptian and Roman control and western regions of the Persian Empire.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Syrian Nature At The Border Of Badiye

Some pictures about Syrian nature during travel to Ibn Wardan Palace.