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...more
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...more
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...more
Ma`arrat an Nu`man
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.more
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,...more
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Jebel Arbain means 40 mountains. There are 40 mountains around this area. Abu Amar is located at mountain no. 20. It serves really good Arabic food with a wonderful view from atop a hill. When I was then, I had BBQ chicken, kebab, different types of Arabian-style salad, a kind of fried balls with some meat fillings (I think they call it Kindi) and a spring-roll look-a-like. Beware though of the Aladdin-looking guy who serves Turkish coffee... be fore-warned that the small cups used are not washed and are common for all customers!!
Favorite Dish: All food is good.
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