Ruins of roman fortress city Doura Europos, originally a Babylonian town with remains of foundation of church, synagogue and other buildings of Hellenistic town. The town was famous from tolerance of its inhabitants different religious.
How to get there :
Microbus will drop you on the crossroad in the middle of nowhere and you have to walk about one kilometer from the main road to an impressive, about ten meters high, front wall, pay a entrance fee (for students much cheaper). Behind the wall is a large dry plain finished with 90m high riverbank. The breathtaking view of the Euphrates River and green fields is a must.
A ruin of defensive citadel from 13th century is situated on a stony hill about 5 km from main road from Deir ez-Zor to Doura Europos or Mari. You can catch sight of the castle on the right side befor entering a village Al-Mayadin.
It is interesting to visit this place despite of location on barren hill. There is an excellent view of country and you are ready for visiting such interestig place like Doura Europos (look up).
If we in Europe see two men holding hands we would assume they are a homosexual couple, but that is not the case in Syria. Men in Syria are physical with each other and seeing two male friends holding hands is common and only a token of friendship.