Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, courtyard with southern Iwan

Raqqa, Qasr al-Banat, courtyard with southern Iwan

Damascus, copper workshop in the Straight Street, where "damascening", an old Inlay-technique is still practised

Damascus, copper workshop in the Straight Street, where “damascening”, an old Inlay-technique is still practised

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

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

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.

Raqqa, Qasr (Palace) al-Banat

Raqqa, Qasr (Palace) al-Banat

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, 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

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

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.

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)

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 from boat to Jabal ʿAruda-massif

View from boat to Jabal ʿAruda-massif

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

Jurn Kabir, the only two school classrooms for children of the village

Jurn Kabir, the only two school classrooms for children of the village

View from the Zayzun waterfalls into Yarmuk river, which there the border between Syria and Jordan

View from the Zayzun waterfalls into Yarmuk river, which there the border between Syria and Jordan

Remains of mills at the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Remains of mills at the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Lower basin of the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Lower basin of the waterfalls of Tall Shihab

Waterfalls of Tal Shihab (during summer time)

Waterfalls of Tal Shihab (during summer time)

Qanawat, Remains of the Temple of Zeus (Saraya)

Qanawat, Remains of the Temple of Zeus (Saraya)

Great Mosque of Raqqa-Rafiqa, 8th/12th C.

Great Mosque of Raqqa-Rafiqa, 8th/12th C.

City center of Raqqa with a barber, small suq-shops and mobile traders of vegetables and fruits

City center of Raqqa with a barber, small suq-shops and mobile traders of vegetables and fruits

Corner of a Bedouin tent from goat hair during the desert festival in ar-Rusafa

Corner of a Bedouin tent from goat hair during the desert festival in ar-Rusafa

ar-Rusafa, Bedouin women cook sheep meat on open fireplaces on the occasion of the desert festival

ar-Rusafa, Bedouin women cook sheep meat on open fireplaces on the occasion of the desert festival

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

Manbij, Vegetable and fruit vendor in the centre

Manbij, Vegetable and fruit vendor in the centre

Manbij, Bakery of flat bread with oven

Manbij, Bakery of flat bread with oven

Weekly market in Maskana, where the farmers of the region sell their fruit and vegetables

Weekly market in Maskana, where the farmers of the region sell their fruit and vegetables

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