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Hama pictures - حماة‎

Hama, حماة‎ , is a lovely town which lost much of its old heart when, during an uprising by some religious fanatics, the old town was partly erased by the government. That was over 20 years ago, on old pictures one can see what has been lost. A few well-restored buildings show what it must have been like. For the rest the town has a nice “souq”, and a modern part that is not so modern that it becomes offensive. It is an excellent basis for some trips in the region to spots like Afamia or Apamea, or to several of the many “Dead cities”. The most famous aspect of the town are its “noria’s” or waterwheels. Driven by the flowing river they scoop up water in small “boxes” attached to each of the many spokes of the wheel, that are emptied at the top and would be used for irrigation. An ingenious invention, aesthetically pleasing, they nowadays are mainly a tourist attraction. They were not in use when I first visited, a bit too early in the season, but were hard at work when I returned in September. On some pictures you will see some rain, or cloudy skies. Yes, that happens. I do not try to make things sunny when it rains. I hope this will not detract from tourism, for I can advise any traveller in Syria to go and see Hama. Don't forget the local museum, with an astounding mosaic of a Roman musical entertainment.

On my second 2009 visit I was delighted by the Great Mosque (I put it at the start of the gallery), and of course by the many people (see separate gallery) enjoying the first day after Ramadan).
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