Apamea Off The Beaten Path

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    Chariot ruts in the street

    by iwys Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    Well, actually I suppose this is very much a beaten path tip. If you look down at the paving stones along the cardo maximus, you can still see the ruts worn by the wheels of chariots way back in the 2nd century AD. Another place where I have seen these is the Roman city of Jerash in Jordan. You won't see these grooves in Palmyra, however, as the cardo maximus there was unpaved to allow the passage of camel trains.

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    Stone reliefs of Bacchus

    by iwys Written Sep 24, 2006

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    If you don't go walk a little off the beaten path, you will miss one of the highlights of Apamea: the stone reliefs of Bacchus. You need to clamber down to the right of the cardo maximus, about half-way up from the ticket office.

    You will see three big stone slabs - two at the base and one standing on top. Two of these slabs have carvings on them, depicting Lycurgus entangled in the branches of a vine by Bacchus, and Pan holding his pipes whilst looking after a herd of goats. My guess is that these stones were once part of a Temple of Bacchus, possibly the entrance, and that there would have originally been many more scenes from his life on display here.

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    Mardouk castle

    by Tuna_ank Written Dec 21, 2008

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    Mardouk castle

    This castle is very nice from far. But you can't see inside of it because the people doesn't want. We heard that they are throwing stones to tourists....

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    Fluted columns

    by iwys Written Sep 24, 2006

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    Many of the columns which line the cardo maximus are decorated with twisted fluting, which is a feature unique to Apamea.

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