South-west Syria: Qalamun Mountains, the village of Maʿlula with its light blue or white house paintings

South-west Syria: Qalamun Mountains, the village of Maʿlula with its light blue or white house paintings

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The historical centre of Maʿlula with St. Lawandius Church and hillside houses facing the valley

The historical centre of Maʿlula with St. Lawandius Church and hillside houses facing the valley

Monastry St. Sergius on the edge of the mountain plain overlooking Maʿlula

Monastry St. Sergius on the edge of the mountain plain overlooking Maʿlula

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, clay decorations

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, clay decorations

Raqqa/Rafiqa, An old photo of the remains of al-Banat palace before restoration

Raqqa/Rafiqa, An old photo of the remains of al-Banat palace before restoration

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.

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, courtyard with northern Iwan

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, courtyard with northern Iwan

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, documentation sheet of courtyard with northern Iwan

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, documentation sheet of courtyard with northern Iwan

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

Shahba, Exterior view of the Roman Theatre/ Philippopolis

Shahba, Exterior view of the Roman Theatre/ Philippopolis

Yabrud, Residential house with covered terrace (riwaq)

Yabrud, Residential house with covered terrace (riwaq)

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.

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

Street side of the homestead: a terrace in front of a house of Kurdish family in the Malkiyya-Region

Street side of the homestead: a terrace in front of a house of Kurdish family in the Malkiyya-Region

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, Baby in a traditional wooden cradle

ʿAyn al-Khadra, Baby in a traditional wooden cradle

ʿAyn al-Khadra, Village school from mud bricks, not used any more

ʿAyn al-Khadra, Village school from mud bricks, not used any more

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

Raqqa/Rafiqa, Wall decoration in the Iwan of Qasr al-Banat

Raqqa/Rafiqa, Wall decoration in the Iwan of Qasr al-Banat

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, Capital with plant motifs

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, Capital with plant motifs

Qal‘at Shayzar (castle), The stairs leading to the entrance

Qal‘at Shayzar (castle), The stairs leading to the entrance

Shaykh Shibli shrine - al-Tar mountain, south -east of al-Mayadeen

Shaykh Shibli shrine – al-Tar mountain, south -east of al-Mayadeen

Roman capital in the great mosque (al-Jamiʿ al-Kabir), Maʿarrat an-Nuʿman

Roman capital in the great mosque (al-Jamiʿ al-Kabir), Maʿarrat an-Nuʿman

The wooden pulpit (minbar) in the prayer room of an-Nuri Mosque

The wooden pulpit (minbar) in the prayer room of an-Nuri Mosque