Traditional house with reed hut ("sibat", arab.) in Euphrates valley at the national road 4/junction to ar-Raqqa

Traditional house with reed hut (“sibat”, arab.) in Euphrates valley at the national road 4/junction to ar-Raqqa

al-Hayr al-Sharqi Palace, Inside of the early Umaiyad desert castle (Western complex)

al-Hayr al-Sharqi Palace, Inside of the early Umaiyad desert castle (Western complex)

ʿAyn al-ʿArus, Interior of a village mud bricks house, armenian owners

ʿAyn al-ʿArus, Interior of a village mud bricks house, armenian owners

ʿAyn al-ʿArus, view into the ceiling of a village mud bricks house, armenian owners

ʿAyn al-ʿArus, view into the ceiling of a village mud bricks house, armenian owners

A shell of a new house with flattened domes in a village south of Tall Abyad

A shell of a new house with flattened domes in a village south of Tall Abyad

Raqqa, main shopping road with salesman of vegetables

Raqqa, main shopping road with salesman of vegetables

Maʿlula, St.Tekla Convent during the Holy Cross feast on september 14th

Maʿlula, St.Tekla Convent during the Holy Cross feast on september 14th

On september 14th at the Holy Cross Feast in Maʿlula, with the standard of the Holy Cross Youth

On september 14th at the Holy Cross Feast in Maʿlula, with the standard of the Holy Cross Youth

View of the old town from Maʿlula with its traditionally light blue painted facades

View of the old town from Maʿlula with its traditionally light blue painted facades

Waterfalls of Tal Shihab (during summer time)

Waterfalls of Tal Shihab (during summer time)

Zayzun waterfalls of a tributary to Yarmuk river, which is there the border between Syria and Jordan

Zayzun waterfalls of a tributary to Yarmuk river, which is there the border between Syria and Jordan

In the southern part of Tall Abyad, remains of the church made of mud bricks

In the southern part of Tall Abyad, remains of the church made of mud bricks

Village of ʿAyn al-Khadra, in the living room of the central hall house of a Kurdish family

Village of ʿAyn al-Khadra, in the living room of the central hall house of a Kurdish family

ʿAyn al-Khadra, in the farm yard behind the house with stables made of basalt stones

ʿAyn al-Khadra, in the farm yard behind the house with stables made of basalt stones

ʿAyn al-Khadra, residential house with a central hall plan of a Kurdish family in the Malkiyya-Region

ʿAyn al-Khadra, residential house with a central hall plan of a Kurdish family in the Malkiyya-Region

Halabiyya, entrance to the Praetorium, which is integrated into the city wall and dates from the time of Justinian.

Halabiyya, entrance to the Praetorium, which is integrated into the city wall and dates from the time of Justinian.

The village of al-Qirata on the northern slope of the Sajur valley, old lime-washed houses visible.

The village of al-Qirata on the northern slope of the Sajur valley, old lime-washed houses visible.

View from the Zayzun waterfalls into Yarmuk river, which there the border between Syria and Jordan

View from the Zayzun waterfalls into Yarmuk river, which there the border between Syria and Jordan

Remains of mills at the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Remains of mills at the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Lower basin of the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Lower basin of the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Vicinity of Tall Abyad, shell of the house with flattened domes and opening in one dome

Vicinity of Tall Abyad, shell of the house with flattened domes and opening in one dome

Al-Matbakh al-ʿAjami, muqarnas squinches of the iwan dome

Al-Matbakh al-ʿAjami, muqarnas squinches of the iwan dome

Tall Bdiri, House consisting of a large living room with a small attached kitchen

Tall Bdiri, House consisting of a large living room with a small attached kitchen

Tall Bdiri, Farmsteads, that have no enclosure walls

Tall Bdiri, Farmsteads, that have no enclosure walls

Tall Bdiri, A simple opening in a clay brick wall with clay plaster - probably in a stable

Tall Bdiri, A simple opening in a clay brick wall with clay plaster – probably in a stable

Tall Bdiri, Abondened house with buttresses in the wall and at the door

Tall Bdiri, Abondened house with buttresses in the wall and at the door

City center of Raqqa with traditional suq-shops and mobile traders of tomatoes

City center of Raqqa with traditional suq-shops and mobile traders of tomatoes

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, Baking flat breads on the tannur wall (tannur deepened in the ground)

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, Baking flat breads on the tannur wall (tannur deepened in the ground)

View into an excavation trench of Tall Bdiri: to stabilize the walls, pilasters were added

View into an excavation trench of Tall Bdiri: to stabilize the walls, pilasters were added

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, The flattened dome roofs have just received new plastering.

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, The flattened dome roofs have just received new plastering.