Reuse of a Byzantine building as a residence, Sirjilla

Reuse of a Byzantine building as a residence, Sirjilla

Yabrud: residential houses with central hall floor plans

Yabrud: residential houses with central hall floor plans

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

Waqf of Ibshir Mustafa Pasha, Coffeehouse, exterior facade

Waqf of Ibshir Mustafa Pasha, Coffeehouse, exterior facade

Arches in a house, the Ghouta of Damascus

Arches in a house, the Ghouta of Damascus

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Left volute of the lintel, Damascus Gate, Palmyra

Left volute of the lintel, Damascus Gate, Palmyra

Damascus Gate, City Wall of Palmyra

Damascus Gate, City Wall of Palmyra

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

Al-Madrasa al-Hallawiyya, detail of Corinthian capital

Al-Madrasa al-Hallawiyya, detail of Corinthian capital

Qalb Lawza, Basilica, 5th c., view of main facade from south-west

Qalb Lawza, Basilica, 5th c., view of main facade from south-west

Hama, general view of the "Four Norias", the two Bischriyyat and two Uthmaniyyat

Hama, general view of the “Four Norias”, the two Bischriyyat and two Uthmaniyyat

Al-Madrasa al-Hallawiyya, detail of Corinthian capital

Al-Madrasa al-Hallawiyya, detail of Corinthian capital

Qalb Lawza, Basilica of 5th c., decorative door of reliquary room in southern facade (east)

Qalb Lawza, Basilica of 5th c., decorative door of reliquary room in southern facade (east)

Al-Madrasa al-Hallawiyya, Corinthian capital

Al-Madrasa al-Hallawiyya, Corinthian capital

Habuba Kabira, Interior of the last existing deepened house (debabe), which was later used only as storage space

Habuba Kabira, Interior of the last existing deepened house (debabe), which was later used only as storage space

Yabrud: residential houses with central hall disposition and three-arcade-motif

Yabrud: residential houses with central hall disposition and three-arcade-motif

Guesthouse of a wealthy family in Maskana, attached is an iwan

Guesthouse of a wealthy family in Maskana, attached is an iwan

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

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, Small fledgeling shelters in the form of domes, to be closed by night with stones

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, Small fledgeling shelters in the form of domes, to be closed by night with stones

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, The domes of the houses built in the 1930s were often flattened later.

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, The domes of the houses built in the 1930s were often flattened later.

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

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

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, Entrance corridor in front of the collapsed cupola house

Nahiyat Tall Tamir, Entrance corridor in front of the collapsed cupola house

Habuba Kabira, back side of a room half deepened into the grown soil (in local dialect: debabe)

Habuba Kabira, back side of a room half deepened into the grown soil (in local dialect: debabe)