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Khirbat Serjilla


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Khirbat Serjilla

  • Al Barah

    Khirbat Serjilla Off The Beaten Path

    Located close and on the way to Serjilla, Al-Barah is said to be another large and extensive 'dead city'. It contains numerous mansions, churches and a monastery, spread across a large area and built among olive groves and orchards. One of its highlights is the existence of pyramidal tombs and also the fact that archeologists believe the landscape...

  • Life in a "dead city"

    Khirbat Serjilla Things to Do

    Calling Serjilla a "dead city" is perhaps incorrect. Not only is it merely a village, but it is also inhabited. The attached photo shows the hanging laundry of a family of squatters who have taken refuge in one of its old houses. Given how lovely and intact these Byzantine mansions are, who could blame them? These squatters generally keep to...

  • Landscape Around Serjilla

    Khirbat Serjilla Off The Beaten Path

    The landscape around Serjilla is very striking... almost moon-like. It is made up essentially of white/grey rocks. These rocks are the same ones that were used in the construction of many of the dead cities. It is said that when the dead cities were inhabited, the land around Serjilla was much more fertile, but soil erosion over time led to the...


Ma`arrat an Nu`man

  • Great Mosque

    Ma`arrat an Nu`man Things to Do

    The 12th century mosque is a lesser attraction in the town. Just across the museum, loads of citizens can be seen piling in to perform their obligatory prayers.The mosque was partially leveled in a 1170 BCE earthquake destroying the minaret which was later rebuilt.

  • Mosaic Museum

    Ma`arrat an Nu`man Things to Do

    The Mosaic Museum is the only real attraction in Ma'art an-Nu'aman. Many of the large mosaics are off limits to your cameras. I was able to capture a few while the guide was away. Had he caught me I would have been repremanded harshly.The large mosaics were taken from what is now called the Byzantine Dead Cities. Most notably from Serjilla,...

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