Tourists with a local resident at the Peak of Mount Hermon (Jabal Haramun)

Tourists with a local resident at the Peak of Mount Hermon (Jabal Haramun)

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

Baghdad Gate of Raqqa-Rafiqa, 10th c. onwards

Baghdad Gate of Raqqa-Rafiqa, 10th c. onwards

Irrigation fields of ʿAyn at-Tina in Qalamun (mountainous region in southwest Syria)

Irrigation fields of ʿAyn at-Tina in Qalamun (mountainous region in southwest Syria)

Ghab plain: thatched mud houses, 1963

Ghab plain: thatched mud houses, 1963

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

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

Khan al-Jumruk, exterior facade of the Khan's entrance

Khan al-Jumruk, exterior facade of the Khan’s entrance

Yabrud: shops with residential houses on the first floor, houses probably from the beginning of the 20th century

Yabrud: shops with residential houses on the first floor, houses probably from the beginning of the 20th century

Yabrud: making Burghul, in background a wall in a special pisé-technique

Yabrud: making Burghul, in background a wall in a special pisé-technique

West Syria, access to the Salah ad-Din Castle carved through two artificial crevices, 12th c.

West Syria, access to the Salah ad-Din Castle carved through two artificial crevices, 12th c.

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

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

Jaʿbar castle, southern side of the castle

Jaʿbar castle, southern side of the castle

Tartus, museum in former cathedral, view at western facade

Tartus, museum in former cathedral, view at western facade

Great Mosque of Aleppo, view at courtyard, from 1907

Great Mosque of Aleppo, view at courtyard, from 1907

Jaʿbar Castle, Minaret of the mosque

Jaʿbar Castle, Minaret of the mosque

al-Lajat region, ancient cistern for storing water

al-Lajat region, ancient cistern for storing water

A Bedouin family in one of the villages of the Euphrates Valley

A Bedouin family in one of the villages of the Euphrates Valley

Raqqa - "East of Raqqa" site - aerial photo of the West Palace

Raqqa – “East of Raqqa” site – aerial photo of the West Palace

As-Safira, an old thresher for shearing straw (darrasa)

As-Safira, an old thresher for shearing straw (darrasa)

Jamiʿ al-Utrush, general view of the western facade and the entrance

Jamiʿ al-Utrush, general view of the western facade and the entrance

Popular restaurant on Barada River

Popular restaurant on Barada River

Remains of ancient buildings in Shahba, partly inhabited

Remains of ancient buildings in Shahba, partly inhabited

Maʿlula, traditional hillside houses with galleries opening to the valley during the 1960s

Maʿlula, traditional hillside houses with galleries opening to the valley during the 1960s

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

General view of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

General view of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

Popular restaurants on both banks of the Barada River

The gate of south-western side, Dura Europos (Qalʿat as-Salihiyya)

The gate of south-western side, Dura Europos (Qalʿat as-Salihiyya)

A side from archaeological city of Dura Europos (Qalʿat as-Salihiyya)

A side from archaeological city of Dura Europos (Qalʿat as-Salihiyya)

The northern entrance of the historical city of Dura Europos (Qalʿat as-Salihiyya), end of 4th century BC

The northern entrance of the historical city of Dura Europos (Qalʿat as-Salihiyya), end of 4th century BC

The courtyard of at-Takiyya as-Sulaymaniyya with a water fountain

The courtyard of at-Takiyya as-Sulaymaniyya with a water fountain