Citadel of Aleppo, Temple of the Weather God, early 1st millennium BC

Citadel of Aleppo, Temple of the Weather God, early 1st millennium BC

Manbij, Bakery of flat bread with oven

Manbij, Bakery of flat bread with oven

Habuba Kabira, plastering of the domes after completion of the shell

Habuba Kabira, plastering of the domes after completion of the shell

Habuba Kabira, shell of the dome house made of dried clay bricks with quarry stone base

Habuba Kabira, shell of the dome house made of dried clay bricks with quarry stone base

Habuba Kabira, inside the double-dome room with its relief arch

Habuba Kabira, inside the double-dome room with its relief arch

Habuba Kabira, the new dome house has received its first plaster layer

Habuba Kabira, the new dome house has received its first plaster layer

Habuba Kabira, view into a plastered cantilever dome with openings and decorative layer

Habuba Kabira, view into a plastered cantilever dome with openings and decorative layer

Habuba Kabira, the plastered new dome house and its garden

Habuba Kabira, the plastered new dome house and its garden

Habuba Kabira, to make burghul (wheat grits) the wheat is cooked in a huge pot and then carried to a drying place

Habuba Kabira, to make burghul (wheat grits) the wheat is cooked in a huge pot and then carried to a drying place

Kirkbiza in the Dead Cities: A farmer ploughing his field with a metal plough, pulled by a mule and an ox.

Kirkbiza in the Dead Cities: A farmer ploughing his field with a metal plough, pulled by a mule and an ox.

Hama, Waterwheels of Kilaniyya, al-Tawafira and al-Jaʿbariyya

Hama, Waterwheels of Kilaniyya, al-Tawafira and al-Jaʿbariyya

Dead Cities, Kirkbiza: A team of mule and oxen pulling a metal plough.

Dead Cities, Kirkbiza: A team of mule and oxen pulling a metal plough.

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

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

Shahba, Exterior view of the Roman Theatre/ Philippopolis

Shahba, Exterior view of the Roman Theatre/ Philippopolis

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

Maʿlula, the procession to the Holy Cross celebration also passes through the narrow alleys of the old town.

Maʿlula, the procession to the Holy Cross celebration also passes through the narrow alleys of the old town.

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

Palmyra, Hadrian’s Arch, , 3rd century A.D., view from south at the entrance to colonnaded street

Palmyra, Hadrian’s Arch, , 3rd century A.D., view from south at the entrance to colonnaded street

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

Raqqa, main shopping road with salesman of vegetables

Raqqa, main shopping road with salesman of vegetables

Bridge over the Euphrates at Raqqa

Bridge over the Euphrates at Raqqa

A group of columns, remains of the southern Roman baths in Busra

A group of columns, remains of the southern Roman baths in Busra

Habuba Kabira, construction of a relieving arch using piled bricks, which are later removed

Habuba Kabira, construction of a relieving arch using piled bricks, which are later removed

Habuba Kabira, mixture of sifted raw loam, chaff and water to produce clay bricks therefrom

Habuba Kabira, mixture of sifted raw loam, chaff and water to produce clay bricks therefrom

Habuba Kabira, during the construction of cantilever domes, the mortar is pulled up using a bucket

Habuba Kabira, during the construction of cantilever domes, the mortar is pulled up using a bucket

Habuba Kabira, master builder and his helper constructing the walls of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, master builder and his helper constructing the walls of a mud brick house

Habuba Kabira, construction of a mud brick house before the circular of the domes is started

Habuba Kabira, construction of a mud brick house before the circular of the domes is started

Habuba Kabira, the stacked bricks under the relieving arch are removed by the master bilder

Habuba Kabira, the stacked bricks under the relieving arch are removed by the master bilder

Habuba Kabira, in the courtyard clay bricks are lying out to dry

Habuba Kabira, in the courtyard clay bricks are lying out to dry