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Private Tour: Pompeii Rail Tour from Sorrento with Family Tour Option
"Meet your private guide at Sorrento train station and set out on your private morning or afternoon trip.At the station catch the train to Pompeii (own expense) and admire the Bay of Naples as your guide shares tales about the Roman town and how it lay buried under ash for centuries after the devastating eruption of Mt Vesuvius in 79 AD.After a roughly 30-minute journ leave the train and walk to the Pompeii site entrance. Head inside (own expense) with your guide and enjoy a walking tour of the highlights.As you stroll listen avidly as your guide describes the rituals of daily life here and how 20000 of Pompeii’s citizens perished in the eruption. As this is a private tour talk to your guide about seeing more or less of any sites so they can tailor the itinerary to your particular interests.Walk down the well-preserved streets
From EUR43.00
 
Private Full-Day Cappadocia Tour Including Goreme Open Air Museum
"Meet your private guide during a morning pickup at your hotel in Cappadocia then enjoy fine views over the village of Esentepe on route to the Kaymakli Underground City — believed to date back as far as the 8th century BC.On arrival at the underground city explore with your private guide and discover winding tunnels and subterranean living quarters and imagine life in this amazing underground settlement.Head onward to local attractions such as Uçhisar Castle — a natural rocky outcrop used as a fortress during the Roman era — and Pigeon Valley where fine views over the Cappadocian countryside await. Next visit the UNESCO–listed Göreme Open-Air Museum once the monastery settlement of the first Christians in Cappadocia. During your tour
From EUR135.00
 
Museums of Beirut Day Tour
"Enjoy a fascinating introduction to Lebanon's vibrant history. The National Museum of Beirut holds countless treasures through which you will witness the living proof to the country's rich heritage. Mim gets its name from the 24th letter of the Arab precisely because it is the first letter of the Arabic words for museum minerals and mines. The museum exhibits more than 1400 minerals representing around 300 different species from over 61 countries. Then we will head to Lebanon’s central bank Museum where you will know more about the central bank’s roles and responsibilities in keeping the stability of the Lebanese economy and financial system.The last destination is a walk in Hamra streets where we will encounter shops restaurants
From $80.00

More Things to Do in Dar Ta`izzah

Origins of Omayyad Mosque Architecture

When the Omayyad Mosque of Damascus was built in the early 8th century, the best architects and craftsmen of the displaced Eastern Roman Empire (i.e. Byzantine) were employed for the monumental...
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Dec 17, 2008

Mushabbak Church - The Nave

The interior of Mushabbak Church is in an incredible state of preservation. The church has a triple nave separated by high arches that are supported by Doric, Corinthian and Ionic columns. The western...
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Jun 01, 2008

Daret Azzeh

The town of Daret Azzeh is located about 5 minutes away from Mushabbak Church. While not a glamour spot, Daret Azzeh is a good place for a break when visiting some of the desolate 'dead cities' of...
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May 16, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Byzantine Symbols

Mushabbak Church is decorated with circular Byzantine symbols frequently seen in other 'dead cities' of northwestern Syria. Although some are religious, these circular symbols are mainly decorative,...
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May 13, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Columns & Arches

Separating the three naves of the church are columns with alternating Corinthian, Doric and Ionic capitals. The columns support wide arches, above which are smaller arched windows that allowed light...
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May 13, 2008

Mushabbak Church - The Apse

The eastern end of the Church has a large apse (see attached photo), not too different from that in the Eastern Basilica of Saint Simeon, albeit smaller. The apse is supported by two Corinthian...
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May 13, 2008
 
 
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Lone church on an isolated hill...

For 1500 years, the Church of Mushabbak has stood alone on a barren hill off the important pilgrimage road to Saint Simeon. Mushabbak was once the pilgrims' first stop on this much travelled road and...
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May 13, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Southern Façade

Attached is a photo of the southern façade of Mushabbak Church. Nearly identical to the northern façade, this side has two doorways. Two of the arched windows seem to have been blocked at some point...
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May 13, 2008

Landscape Around Mushabbak

The landscape around Mushabbak Church is made of limestone rocks and very thin soil. It is thus very barren with little vegetation, but the limestone has provided this area with an endless supply of...
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May 13, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Current Residents

Just west of the church are dwellings of very poor shepherds who have taken shelter on site. Although they could very easily have utilised Mushabbak Church as their home, simply by adding a ceiling,...
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May 13, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Western Façade

The attached photo shows the incredible state of preservation of the western façade of Mushabbak Church. Although it is missing some stones from its upper most part, it still shows the form of the...
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May 13, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Water Cistern

A large square hole in the ground, cut through the rocks, is located immediately to the south-west of the church. It is thought that this was the quarry which provided the stones used in the...
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May 10, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Northern Façade

A short unpaved uphill road must be traversed to reach Mushabbak Church. Upon arrival, one finds oneself in front of the northern façade of the church. This side contains the church's main entrance,...
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May 07, 2008

Mushabbak Church - Eastern Façade

Although flat on the outside, the Eastern Façade hides the curved apse on its interior. Double arched windows pierce this side of the church and look into the apse.
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May 13, 2008

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