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Photos of Syria in the best of times

From the coast of the Mediterranean Sea to the southern deserts and fertile plains near the border with Iraq, Syria pleases with a variety of species. Today, in the headlines only a growing division and endless bloodshed flash, but the Syrians do not cease to remember and be proud that they are part of one of the most ancient civilizations of the world.

1. The following photos are a glimpse of life in Syria before the revolution. The right to use them was kindly granted by the Creative Syria Foundation, a project of the Syrian Cultural Center in Montreal. Photo: Hala Salhi

2. The ruins of Palmyra surrounded by sands - a city in central Syria. For a thousand years, Palmyra, also known as the "Bride of the Desert", served as a transit point connecting Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean coast. The city is located in the northeast of Damascus and still remains a valuable place for archaeological excavations - in 2008, in Palmyra, according to archaeologists, they discovered the largest Christian church in Syria. Photo: Souhail Moukhtar

3. Latakia, in the north-west of the country, is a city of ports and resorts. The city saw unrest during the last uprising, in August it was fired from the sea by the Syrian Navy, while it was under siege by President Bashar al-Assad’s troops. In antiquity, Lattakia was often attacked by invaders who attempted to seize its wealth. Photo: Photo by Bridget Palmer

4. Children on the street Latakia. Photo: Souhail Mukhtar

5. To the east of Latakia is Saladin Castle. In the 12 century it was a crusader fortress, until it was captured by the Muslim leader Saladin in a fairly successful attempt to throw the Crusaders into the countries of the eastern Mediterranean. Photo: Souhail Moukhtar

6. The stony surroundings of Hosn Suleiman in the western part of Syria - the location of the ancient temple, popular with tourists. Photo: Bridget Palmer

7. Norias on the river Oronte in the western city of Hama. The city is known for its water wheels, as well as the massacre of the regime of President Hafez al-Assad in 1982 during the suppression of the Islamist uprising. During the recent insurrections, Hama again became the center of protests, the security forces of President Bashar al-Assad launched an offensive on the city on the eve of Ramadan. Photo: Souhail Moukhtar

8. A man picks cotton on the banks of the Euphrates River between the cities of Raqqah and Deir ez-Zor. Raqqa, which is located in the north of central Syria, began to develop in the 1 century, as it was at the crossroads of routes to Syria and Iraq, but declined in the 9 century due to constant wars. Photo: Dr. Jean otrakji

9. View of the Euphrates River. Originating in the mountains of Turkey, the Euphrates was a vital river in ancient times and was also referred to as the border of the Garden of Eden. Photo: Photo by Hovic & Abd

10. Men smoke hookah in the Café al-Nofara Damascus cafe. Photo: Hala Salhi

11. Children in front of a shop window in Damascus. Photo: Hala Salhi

12. Crac des Chevaliers, a crusader fortress of the 12 century, the most famous and best preserved medieval castle. In times of peace, it still attracts crowds of tourists from all over the world. Photo: Souhail Moukhtar

13. A lantern illuminates a narrow street in the northern city of Aleppo, the largest city in Syria. Aleppo, which is one of Syria's main economic arteries, has largely remained aloof from the recent unrest that has engulfed the entire country. Photo: Hovic & Abd

14. Sea view from the town of Badrusi in northwestern Syria. The beaches in this region are usually very attractive for tourists from Aleppo. Photo: Hovic & Abd

15. Stone buildings of the city of Jaradeh at sunset. This is one of the "dead cities" that were abandoned after the peak of development during the Byzantine Empire. Photo: Hovic & Abd

16. Medieval castle in the western city of Masiaf in the governorate of Hama. In the 12 century, the castle was in the possession of the Ismaili Shea sect. A photo:
Souhail moukhtar

17. Abandoned hospital in the southern city of Quneitra, on the Golan Heights. Syria lost the city during the 1967 war of the year when Israel captured the Golan Heights, and destroyed it in an attempt to increase its influence in the region. Quneitra was returned to Syria under the "Treaty on the Division of Forces between Israel and Syria" in 1974, but the city remained in ruins, and the New York Times wrote in one of its articles that "this is a monument to the cruelty of the Israelis" . Photo: Bridget Palmer

18. Entrance to the ancient Roman theater in the city of Bosra in the southern governorate of Daraa, where the first unrest against the al-Assad regime took place. In this city there is a well-preserved Roman theater, built in the 2nd century AD. Photo: Hovic & Abd

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  1. click80
    click80 6 December 2012 08: 56
    There is something to see, there is where to relax. There it is necessary to develop the tourism business, and there is war. sad
    1. Sanches
      Sanches 6 December 2012 10: 03
      exactly the same can be said about the Caucasus (
    2. Deniska999
      Deniska999 6 December 2012 15: 36
      Here people lived, and here the machinations of imperialism broke their whole lives (((
  2. Alpha-omega
    Alpha-omega 6 December 2012 09: 42
    They forgot about Baalbek. ((
    1. Sanches
      Sanches 6 December 2012 10: 53
      Baalbek in Lebanon
      1. Alpha-omega
        Alpha-omega 6 December 2012 15: 58
        Oh yes, why is he associated with Syria ...) Thank you for tweaking it.))
  3. MilaPhone
    MilaPhone 6 December 2012 11: 43
    Sorry for Syria. It used to be considered the least radical of the Arab countries. The Christians did not want to leave.
  4. datur
    datur 6 December 2012 14: 36
    Well, in the days of ROMA - the Syrian LEGIONS were called the most depraved - because they had all the whims of the east! and now? SYRIANS !! at the forefront of the war with the vile Americans;
  5. tan0472
    tan0472 6 December 2012 15: 42
    The photos are good. Signatures on some were written by a liberalist.
  6. Shkodnik65
    Shkodnik65 6 December 2012 16: 06
    Yes, it was beautiful ... it was. And if the "bearded" ones come to power ...
  7. Moscow-505
    Moscow-505 6 December 2012 18: 39
    I wish this country a speedy world.
  8. MG42
    MG42 8 December 2012 03: 38
    It's sad how this photo is in Libya.

    Normal countries were until they thrust their beak amers. And Iraq, too, was a prosperous country under Hussein, and now the attack follows the attack.