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Private Tour: High Road to Taos from Santa Fe
"Heading out of Santa Fe and taking the High Road to Taos the first stop is in the village of Chimayo. After a series of supernatural events word began to spread about the mysterious occurrences there and before long a small church was built where the crucifix was originally found. From that time until now miraculous healings have been reported by countless visitors to that little church and the magical little town by the Santa Cruz River known as Chimayo (chee-my-oh). Now known as the ""Lourdes of the Southwest""
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Private Excursion to Pompeii and Mt. Vesuvius from Sorrento
"Departure in the morning by private and comfortable car for a tour of Pompeii and Vesuvius with an English speaking driver. The city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD and forgotten for hundreds of years under layer of as this UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Italy. It is a journey in to the past. You will discover through a walk among the excavations the moments that preceded the tragic explosion. You can experience the life in ancient times public and above all private. The most surprising aspect is in fact the high number of homes and villas in which the bottles glassware furnishings
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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