Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – Tall Aswad, excavation in 1985

The entrance into the castle of al-Marqab is framed by a stepped portal

The entrance into the castle of al-Marqab is framed by a stepped portal

A general scene showing some of the ruins of Palmyra and the Castle Ibn Maʿn

A general scene showing some of the ruins of Palmyra and the Castle Ibn Maʿn

Al-Marqab Castle from the inside

Al-Marqab Castle from the inside

A view of al-Marqab castle located on a high hill

A view of al-Marqab castle located on a high hill

Part of the remains of Shayzar Castle

Part of the remains of Shayzar Castle

A general view of the remains of Shayzar Castle located on a rocky cliff

A general view of the remains of Shayzar Castle located on a rocky cliff

A coffee house and waiting service taxi in the center of the small frontier town

A coffee house and waiting service taxi in the center of the small frontier town

Interior view of the cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, Tartus museum today

Interior view of the cathedral of Our Lady of Tortosa, Tartus museum today

Remains of 'Ayn Dara temple built of basalt stones

Remains of ‘Ayn Dara temple built of basalt stones

Raqqa, al-Jamiʿ al-ʿAtiq, Remains of the southern arcade from the inside

Raqqa, al-Jamiʿ al-ʿAtiq, Remains of the southern arcade from the inside

Tall Abyad, House decoration to welcome the house owner after the pilgrimage to Mekka

Tall Abyad, House decoration to welcome the house owner after the pilgrimage to Mekka

Tall Mumbaqa, View to the north: shore of Assad-Lake with pumps

Tall Mumbaqa, View to the north: shore of Assad-Lake with pumps

Facade of the turbine house of Assad dam of the Euphrates, whose supplies large parts of Northern Syria with electricity

Facade of the turbine house of Assad dam of the Euphrates, whose supplies large parts of Northern Syria with electricity

ʿAyn Dara Temple, Colossal basalt lion

ʿAyn Dara Temple, Colossal basalt lion

View of the dam of the Assad reservoir of the Euphrates with its park

View of the dam of the Assad reservoir of the Euphrates with its park

Great Mosque, prayer hall, wooden pulpit (minbar)

Great Mosque, prayer hall, wooden pulpit (minbar)

The Monastery of St Sergius, Maʿlula

The Monastery of St Sergius, Maʿlula

View of plastics and metal waste, at-Tabqa

View of plastics and metal waste, at-Tabqa

Traditional dish served in a village, at-Tabqa

Traditional dish served in a village, at-Tabqa

Monastery of St. Simeon Stylites, late 5th-early 6th c., Exterior of sanctuary of east basilica (apse from exterior)

Monastery of St. Simeon Stylites, late 5th-early 6th c., Exterior of sanctuary of east basilica (apse from exterior)

Traditional dress for men in the villages of at-Tabqa

Traditional dress for men in the villages of at-Tabqa

Kharbaqa Dam: One of the dams that were built to limit seasonal flood waters in the Badiyya

Kharbaqa Dam: One of the dams that were built to limit seasonal flood waters in the Badiyya

Qasr (palace) al-Hayr al-Gharbi, view of the ruins

Qasr (palace) al-Hayr al-Gharbi, view of the ruins

View from far to the Monastery of Mar Taqla, Maʿlula

View from far to the Monastery of Mar Taqla, Maʿlula

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, stucco

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, stucco

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, small finds

Raqqa, Tall Aswad, small finds

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Temple of Bel behind palm trees

Temple of Bel behind palm trees

Marble head of Roman Emperor Marcus Julius Philippus  (Philipp the Arab), Shahba museum

Marble head of Roman Emperor Marcus Julius Philippus (Philipp the Arab), Shahba museum