Saturday, January 20, 2007
Qneyya. Idlib District Villages.
Idleb district in Syria is famous for its "dead cities" areas, olive, and mosaic nature. It harbors also one of extensively mentioned rivers in the history of Near East, Orontes. Although river's water is few, it doesn't preclude green lands covered with various kinds of trees, flowers, and plants.
Qneyya has a look similar to Aleppo pebbled street. Many Syrian TV-films are staged, notably "Times of Old Days".
Qneyya is a Syriac word, means the prosperity. The town is known since ancient times, it was an important trade point on the route between Antioch and Apamea.
Armenians came here, and lived since 1683.
Population of Qneyya underwent forced migration during Timurlenk aggression in 1400, then in 1914 due to hostilities during World War I, and also in 1950 due to climate catastrophes (cold).
Latin nomination came here in late 1800s, and established schools and monastery.
Now Qneyya is a beautiful calm place, where travelers can feel past century's atmosphere, with its narrow Old-Aleppo-like streets, colonial era buildings, and newly built resorts.