Ghuta of Damascus, an old irrigation canal, 1963

Ghuta of Damascus, an old irrigation canal, 1963

View of the Orontes valley at low water

View of the Orontes valley at low water

View of the Orontes River with rapids

View of the Orontes River with rapids

Traditional houses in a village, near the Sajur river

Traditional houses in a village, near the Sajur river

Traditional houses near as-Sajur river

Traditional houses near as-Sajur river

Manmade caves in the Euphrates valley near embouchure of Sajur-river close to al-Awshariyya

Manmade caves in the Euphrates valley near embouchure of Sajur-river close to al-Awshariyya

View to the village al-Awshariyya on the northern shore of the Sajur near the junction with the Euphrates river

View to the village al-Awshariyya on the northern shore of the Sajur near the junction with the Euphrates river

General view of the Orontes valley in the 1960s

General view of the Orontes valley in the 1960s

View from airplane to the upper reaches of the Sajur (mainly on Turkish territory, border strip of Syria visible at upper right)

View from airplane to the upper reaches of the Sajur (mainly on Turkish territory, border strip of Syria visible at upper right)

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.

Popular restaurant on Barada River

Popular restaurant on Barada River

General view of the Barada spring close to the eastern Mountains of Lebanon

General view of the Barada spring close to the eastern Mountains of Lebanon

A herd of sheep drinks near the Barada spring

A herd of sheep drinks near the Barada spring

Maintenance work in the course of the Barada River, Damascus

Maintenance work in the course of the Barada River, Damascus

View of the Barada Valley in the 1960s

View of the Barada Valley in the 1960s

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

Barada River, near Victoria Bridge

Barada River, near Victoria Bridge

Barada River in Old city of Damascus

Barada River in Old city of Damascus

Barada River in a state of drought, near Victoria Bridge

Barada River in a state of drought, near Victoria Bridge

Maintenance work in the course of the Barada River, Damascus

Maintenance work in the course of the Barada River, Damascus

Drought in the Barada River, Old Damascus

Drought in the Barada River, Old Damascus

Houses overlooking the Barada River in Old Damascus

Houses overlooking the Barada River in Old Damascus

A view in Wadi Barada

A view in Wadi Barada

View of Orontes valley

View of Orontes valley

View of the Orontes River with forested river banks

View of the Orontes River with forested river banks

Euphrates plain near the mouth of the Sajur, limestone massif on the south side ((before the flooding of lake Tishrin)

Euphrates plain near the mouth of the Sajur, limestone massif on the south side ((before the flooding of lake Tishrin)

View of as-Sajur river

View of as-Sajur river

Aerial photograph of Jibal Lubnan ash-Sharqiyya (Anti-Lebanon Mountains) with Barada valley

Aerial photograph of Jibal Lubnan ash-Sharqiyya (Anti-Lebanon Mountains) with Barada valley

Upper Barada valley in Jibal Lubnan ash-Sharqiyya (Anti-Lebanon Mountains)

Upper Barada valley in Jibal Lubnan ash-Sharqiyya (Anti-Lebanon Mountains)