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    The Citadel Mound

    by MM212 Updated Apr 8, 2008

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    The Citadel Mound

    Once the acropolis of Epiphania, the citadel mound of Hama is now all but a beautiful park in the heart of the city. The mound had been inhabited since ancient times, and later became an acropolis, then a citadel, which was destroyed in earthquakes. Excavations of the mound have led to discovery of countless ancient objects which are now on display at the Hama Museum.

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    The Clock Tower

    by MM212 Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Hama - The Clock Tower

    As in most Syrian cities, the clock tower, erected during Ottoman times, acts as the focal point of downtown Hama. If driving through Hama, you will undoubtedly find yourself at this busy intersection.

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    Hammam al-Othmaniya

    by MM212 Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Hammam al-Othmaniyeh

    A functioning Arab bath, Hammam al-Othmaniya has been in operation for over 800 years! It is located in a narrow alley under an archway in old Hama, not too far from Azem Palace. The hammam serves both men and women on separate days.

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    al-Musalla Mosque

    by MM212 Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    This tiny mosque is located in the heart of the restored old town. In the typical style of Hama, the mosque is built in stone designed in alternating black and white stripes. The mosque has a small wooden minaret and distinctive wooden windows with beautiful geometric motifs and stained glass. This mosque dates from the 13th century.

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    al-Izzi Mosque

    by MM212 Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    al Izzi Mosque

    Built in 1323 AD, this mosque also contained a small madrassa (school). It is located just north of the city centre by the Orontes river. Although the structure was built during the Mamluke period, its architecture does not exhibit the signature style of the said dynasty. In fact, it is more typical of local architecture, built with white stone and a scattering of black basalt pieces. It has a white ribbed dome and no real minaret (did one collapse, perhaps?). Amusingly, the speaker phones are instead placed on a fake metal minaret (see photo).

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    Artists' House

    by MM212 Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    Housed in an ancient khan (caravanserai), the Hama Artists' House is an atelier for local artists. Each artists has a small room to work and exhibit, as well as sell his/her work. It is a great place to visit, and to see local art and the artists themselves.

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    al-Nuri Mosque

    by MM212 Updated Aug 28, 2007

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    Following the destructive earthquake of 1157 AD, the ruler of Hama Nureddine (Nur el-Din) ordered the re-construction of this mosque to replace a previous ancient structure. The new mosque bore his name and was completed in 1172 AD. It lies on the west bank of the Orontes River, adjacent to al-Jaabariyeh Noriah. The beautiful mosque has multiple domes and an inner courtyard. Its shining feature is its beautiful black and white square minaret. Like many mosques in this region, al-Nuri mosque was built on the site of an ancient church (and probably an earlier pagan temple). A few remains from the church can still be seen in the mosque's courtyard.

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    Azem Palace

    by iwys Written Apr 22, 2007
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    Azem Place is the former residence of Assad al-Azem, the governor of Hama in the 1740s. It is the forerunner of the bigger Azem Place in Damascus, which Assad al-Azem built after he moved there from Hama.

    It is now a museum, but its limited opening hours can be a problem though. They caught me out as I got there just too late so I could only peak through a gap in the wall.

    Admission: S£150

    Open: Wed-Mon 9am-2.30pm

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    Aqueducts

    by iwys Written Apr 22, 2007
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    For centuries the water from the water norias has been chanelled into aqueducts and then distributed to the surrounding fields. These aqueducts are still in excellent condition and are everywhere to be seen in the vicinity of the river.

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    Al-Nuri Mosque

    by iwys Written Apr 22, 2007
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    Al-Nuri Mosque takes its name from the fact that it was built in 1172 during the reign of Nur-ud-Din. An Arabic inscription on the wall gives this information. There is also a stone covered with a Greek inscription, on its side, which suggests that stone blocks from an older temple or Byzantine church were used in its construction. The mosque still has its impressive, original minaret. The stonework is decorated but crumbling.

    The mosque is in the centre of Hama, next to the bridge over the Orontes.

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    Norias

    by iwys Updated Apr 12, 2007
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    Hama is famous for its norias or water wheels. You can see several sets of them along the Orontes River as it flows through the town. They were first built here in the 5th century to irrigate the surrounding land, which stands at a higher level than the river valley. They scooped water up from the river then carried it upwards before depositing it into aqueducts. In all 17 survive norias, but there were originally at least twice that number. You can see several right in the town centre, but one of the finest sets, known as the Four Norias of Bechiyyat, is about a kilometre out of town, where most of the riverside restaurants are.

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    Crac Des Chevaliers

    by kentishgirl Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Crac Des Chevaliers


    Crac Des Chevaliers is the main reason why people visit Syria in the first place.
    I was amazed and stunned to see green fields and country lanes as we drew closer towards the castle, and when we were up the top the views over the surrounding rolling countryside was superb.

    This is something that you just dont think that you might come across in Syria - which I guess is what makes it even more special. We spent much of the day up here exploring all of the different scetions.....its magical - Dont miss it.

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    Hamahs Famous Norias

    by kentishgirl Written Jan 12, 2007

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    Hamah is very famous for its Norias. These huge watermills are very easy to spot near the river in town.
    When we visited we planned to sit at a nearby coffee shop and enjoy the view, unfortunatley sometimes the smell of sewage gets too much! And so we just admired them from the boardwalk, held our noses and moved swifly on!

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    Azem Palace

    by photonina Written Oct 16, 2006

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    There is another Azem Palace in Hamah. In the old city, which is very small, but you'll get to it easily. unfortunately it was too late when I found out about the museum. it was already closed. Still I had an impression that was much better and interesting then Azem palace in Damascus (which I really did not liked).
    On the picture it is not exactly Azem Palace but it's somewhere in the same area.

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    Azem Palace Museum

    by atufft Updated Aug 10, 2006

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    The Azem Palace Museum is better described historically on the links below, but basically this is an Ottoman style palace, with a pleasant garden courtyard and fountain. The seemingly delicately chiseled lace rock windows are outstanding in their preservation. There are several outstanding mosaics as well, though the display of them lacks the care one would expect given their value, a characteristic feature of the Syrian National antiquities, quite frankly. The Museum itself is a quick walk through with various Arab pottery, and the rather quaint folk art museum is also interesting for those unfamiliar with Arabic customs. See the tip on the ancient toilet found here.

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