Qal`at as Sim`an Off The Beaten Path

  • al-Moushabbak
    al-Moushabbak
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  • Deir Sema'an seen from Saint Simeon
    Deir Sema'an seen from Saint Simeon
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  • Ruins of a Byzantine Village
    Ruins of a Byzantine Village
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    Mushabbak Church

    by MM212 Updated May 14, 2008
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    One of the best-preserved churches in the 'dead cities' of northwestern Syria, al-Mushabbak is located about halfway between Aleppo and Saint Simeon. The church dates from the late 5th century AD and was built to provide an initial stop along the important pilgrimage route to Saint Simeon. As a result, the best craftsmen and architects were provided for the construction, as evidenced by the church's architecture. Mushabbak Church has survived remarkably intact: if a roof, windows and a door were added, the church would be complete. It is located a mere 25 minute drive from Aleppo, only a short 2 minute detour from the main road. It is thus still an indespensible stop along the route to Saint Simeon. For more on this abandoned Byzantine church, check out my page on Mushabbak Church.

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    Deir Sema'an - Telanissos

    by MM212 Updated Apr 21, 2008
    Deir Sema'an seen from Saint Simeon
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    The village of Deir Sema'an is located just to the south of the complex of Saint Simeon and can be clearly seen from the Baptistery. The village, under its ancient name Telanissos, used to serve as a final stop for pilgrims visiting Saint Simeon. Pilgrims walked from Deir Sema'an along Via Sacra up the hill all the way to Saint Simeon. The village of Deir Sema'an continues to be inhabited to this day, but the Byzantine ruins lie next to the modern village. I did not take the time to visit the ruins of Telanissos, but hope to do so on my next visit. Attached are some photos taken from Saint Simeon.

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    Other Dead Cities Along The Way

    by MM212 Updated Apr 21, 2008
    Ruins of a Byzantine Village

    On the way from Aleppo to Saint Simeon, you will come across several abandoned Byzantine structures (other than Moushabbak Church). If you have the time, it may be worth making the detour to visit some of these structures.

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