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Friday, November 12, 2010

Archaeological Cities of Syria

Guest Article By Ron Siojo (Expert in Societies, Culture, and Religion)

The environs west and southwest of Aleppo in northern Syria are home to the "Dead Cities" — abandoned ruins of some 700 Byzantine towns, villages and monastic settlements. These ruins are among the greatest treasuries of Byzantine architecture to be found anywhere in the ancient world.

Today, very little of Antioch survives but the Dead Cities still litter the landscape with astonishingly well-preserved basilicas, monasteries, villas and baths. Indeed, the Dead Cities of Syria provide "one of the best pictures of the world of Late Antiquity to be found anywhere." Below is the list of the Dead Cities, all of which have notable ruins of Byzantine churches.

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