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    Damascus, Syria

    Damascus, Syria. A decaying image of Christ in the church on Via Recta in the Christian Quarter, supposedly the spot where St. Paul was knocked off his horse and had a blinding vision of God.

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    Crusader Castle, Syria

    Crac des Chevaliers, Crusader Castle, Syria. Cooking food in the castle.

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    Crusader Castle, Syria

    Crac des Chevaliers, Crusader Castle, Syria. Extras as Crusaders rehearse before filming a TV recreation for a costume drama in the castle.

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    Crusader Castle, Syria

    Crac des Chevaliers, Crusader Castle, Syria. It was the Crusader knights of around the middle of the 12th Century that largely built and expanded the Crac into the form it exists today. T.E. Lawrence, or "Lawrence of Arabia" simply called it "the finest castle in the world."

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    Island of Arwad

    Island of Arwad, off Tartus. A Syria ship worker engages in maintenance in the port of Tartus.

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    Patrick Symmes

    Writer Patrick Symmes in Syria.

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    Fortress of Saladin

    A needle of rock to hold the drawbridge above it at Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin.

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    Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin

    Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin. Greco-Romano-Byzaro-Crusader castle with Mamluk modification.

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    Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin

    Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin, Syria. Greco-Romano-Byzaro-Crusader castle with Mamluk modification.

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    Aleppo, Syria

    Aleppo, Syria. A poster advertising train travel in the Hotel Baron in Aleppo, where T.E. Lawrence stayed and where an old hotel bill of his is on display.

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    Serjilla, Syria

    Serjilla, Syria. One of the "Dead Cities" of Northern Syria.

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    Palmyra, Syria

    Palmyra, Syria. The ruins of the second century city. Once a Greek outpost of considerable importance, it was annexed by Rome in AD 217 and became a centre of unsurpassed wealth.

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    Palmyra, Syria

    Palmyra, Syria. The ruins of the second century city.

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    Palmyra, Syria

    Palmyra, Syria. The ruins of the second century city.

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    Palmyra, Syria

    Palmyra, Syria. The ruins of the second century city.

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    Damascus, Syria

    Damascus, Syria. Street scene in downtown Damascus.

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    Damascus, Syria

    Damascus, Syria. Central courtyard of the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus. The mosque, converted from a Byzantine cathedral, was built in AD 705.

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