Mushabbak المشبك

A small wayside church, five kilometres to the west of the Monastery of St Simeon. This is one of the most perfectly preserved Byzantine churches in Syria. It lacks only a roof and internal fittings to be complete. It was not located in an inhabited area and probably served as a chapel for pilgrims on […]

Meez or Me`ez ماعز

Meez (or Me`ez) in the Jebel Barisha area of the Limestone Massif (‘Dead Cities’) is one of the most interesting of the cities of the Massif as its history reached back well into the Roman period. It appears to have become a regional centre of some note and had its own inn or andron for visitors […]

Burqush برقش

This complex — a Roman temple and remains of a large Byzantine basilica — lies west of Damascus in the eastern folds of the Anti-Lebanon Range. يضم هذا المجمع المعماري معبداً من العصر الروماني وبقايا كاتدرائية ضخمة من العصر البيزنطي، يقع غرب دمشق على السفوح الشرقية لجبل حرمون.  

Serjilla سيرجيلا‎

One of the most frequently visited sites in the Limestone Massif of Northern Syria, Serjilla contains an exceptional range of well-preserved buildings clustered around a baths/inn complex. من أكثر مواقع الكتلة الشمالية في سورية شهرة وزيارة، يضم مجموعة كبيرة وهامة من المنشآت المحفوظة جيداً تتجمع حول المبنى المركزي المؤلف من مجمع يضم خاناً وحمامات. Flickr […]

Barad براد

Until recently difficult to reach by vehicle, this interesting and extensive site on the northern reaches of the Mountain of Simeon (Jebel Semaan) is now accessible by sealed road. Barad includes a remarkable series of churches, monastic complexes and house remains as well as a a monumental tomb, probably of the second or third century […]

Antioch انطاكيا

The young French artist, Louis-François Cassas, visited Antioch on his way to Palmyra in 1785. (See separate set on Palmyra.) The sketches he prepared at the time were later published in the form of lithographs, issued from 1799. These depictions give us important clues to the remains of the Byzantine and Crusader-era fortifications and gates […]