Syria Travel

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. (Seamus Murphy)
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.

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

Crusader Castle, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Crusader Castle, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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."

Crusader Castle, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Island of Arwad
(Seamus Murphy)


Writer Patrick Symmes in Syria.

Patrick Symmes
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Fortress of Saladin
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Qalat Saladin, the Fortress of Saladin
(Seamus Murphy)


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.

Aleppo, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Serjilla, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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.

Palmyra, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Palmyra, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Palmyra, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Palmyra, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


Damascus, Syria. Street scene in downtown Damascus.

Damascus, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)


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

Damascus, Syria
(Seamus Murphy)

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