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    Sellers of precious of Apamea

    by Sambawalk Updated Feb 11, 2005

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    There are several locals selling stones, carved stones, coins, etc.. to visitors and tourists. To preverse that the culture and treasures of Syria and that the ruins are not damaged due to this potnetial trades, visitors should refuse from buying these items from them.

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    The triclinium and the cathedral

    by dionysias Written Mar 14, 2003

    The triclinium was comprised of nearly eighty rooms grouped around a vast peristyle and two interior courtyards . this residence was the home of one of the province’s top authorities, or even that of the Governor of Syria Secunda himself.
    Right by this are the remains of the "Cathedral of the East". This was originally a martyr where the town of Apamea’s relic of the cross was kept. After earthquakes in the 6th century, it was developed into a cathedral and became the seat of the archbishop. A veritable Episcopal group was subsequently edified to house the entire religious administration .
    The decumanus ,Which is the second large via of Apamea , crosses the cardo at a right angle, usually somewhere about midway along its length and close to the agora or forum.
    Back up by the intersection of the cardo and the decumanus, the vestiges of a church have been discovered on the south-west side of the cardo. This church known as the rotunda has a central ground plan and was probably built during the Justinian era .

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    The town centre

    by dionysias Written Mar 14, 2003

    When you come down the town centre from the Antioch gate you reach the Bacchic pillar which is decorated with thyrsus , vine and vine branch motifs .
    The three columns The columns with cabled fluting date back to 166 AD. Three consoles, one of which no longer exists, bore the statues of the emperors Anthony the Pius, Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius Antoninus.
    Opposite these columns was the Tycheon , or the temple of the Goddess of Fortune, the guardian of the town.
    The agora , accessible via a monumental side entrance, was about 300 meters long by 45 meters wide
    To the west of the agora lie the ruins of the Zeus belos Temple , frequented by the oracles. The nymphaeum ( a sanctuary dedicated to nymphs) opens onto the cardo. The exedra (a room for holding conversations equipped with benches) was decorated with niches that housed marble statues .

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    The Antioch gate

    by dionysias Written Mar 14, 2003

    The northern part of the city which Begins with the northern gate or Antioch port where an arch rises up out of a heap of stones and which runs alongside the ruins of the northern baths built at the same time and divided into two parts: the warm and hot baths. Not far from here is the votive column posed on a triangular socle (14 meters tall)
    Apart from being useful point of reference on such along route, it also marked the intersection of the main avenue and another major street.

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    The Cardo Maximus

    by dionysias Updated Mar 12, 2003

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    The Cardo Maximus or the ( Central axis ) , a splendid thoroughfare which was lined with shops and linked the principal gates of the city , so it was the center of the public life of the city .
    It is about 2 kilometers long and 37.5 meters wide , originally a 1200 columns were fringed out this thoroughfare forming a long doble side colonnade , I think its quite a respectable boulevard for even a modern city !!
    This great colonnade was erected in the 2nd century A.D. and was still standing in the 12th. It took the earthquakes of 1157 and 1170 to demolish it. But dominating the tumbled ruins of the city, transcending the disorder, a series of columns with twisted fluting has been re-erected; their capitals and entablatures have been put back in place. All has become orderly once more
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    Bacchus

    by MM212 Updated Feb 7, 2011
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    Halfway up the Cardo Maximus, in the area void of ruins, the base of the pillar in the attached photo remains standing. The carvings on the pillar depict the legend of Bacchus (see photo).

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    Mosaic museum

    by Tuna_ank Updated Dec 21, 2008

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    This mosaic museum is very good. Building is from 16. cc caravanserai but the museum is working since 1982. There are Greek,Roman and Helenistic mosaics.

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    Votive Column

    by iwys Updated Apr 17, 2007

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    The large votive column in the middle of the main street marked an intersection. There would have been one at each main intersection, but only this one has been re-erected.

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    Agora

    by iwys Written Sep 24, 2006

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    The agora was the public meeting place of the city. It is off to the left, just after you enter from the ticket office.

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    Citadel

    by iwys Written Sep 24, 2006

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    To the west of Apamea, on top of a hill, opposite the theatre, stands the 13th century citadel of Qa'alat al-Mudiq. It is believed that the site was previously the ancient city's acropolis.

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    Twisted Fluting Columns

    by Sambawalk Updated Feb 11, 2005

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    An unique of Apamea's columns featuring the twisted fluting along the Cardo. Pay attention to various types of columns in Apamea.

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