Travel Photo of the Week — Water Wheel in Hama Syria

Posted by - May 19, 2011 | Category: Escapes, Middle East, Syria

Syria has been in the news recently for all the wrong reasons – uprisings against the government, brutal crackdowns on protesters, and most recently, U.S. sanctions against President Bashar al-Assad. The Syrian people though are among the most hospitable in all the Middle East.

Surprisingly, even before the recent events, Syria remained relatively untouched by the tourist masses. And that’s a shame. Syria has a wealth of amazing sights for every traveller, and among them are the imposing norias or water-wheels of Hama on the Orontes river. Used to irrigate farmland surrounding the river, the wheels fed water into a series of aqueducts.  They are however no longer in use.

Hama Syria Noria Water Wheel

 

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  1. wow- this photo makes it look like the forgotten land. I love the washed out colors that makes it look old. The reflection on the water is also really beautiful.

    1. Cathy it is so worth it. The people are so friendly! I can’t tell you how many times people would just stop you on the street and invite you for tea…

    1. Yes it’s too bad that none of the ones I saw were still working. And unfortunately, all that stagnant water didn’t make for a pleasant smell either.

  2. There is something unexplainably wonderful about the middle east area. So much history, such different architecture and landscape. I wish it was a more stable area to visit. Your photo captures the essence of what attracts me to the region. Hopefully one day the fighting and unrest will stop and it will be come safer for us to travel there more often.

  3. Love the picture. (Love the blog in general.) I’ve wanted to get to Syria for years now. . . almost went a few years back, but my husband was nervous about it. Thought we might go next winter as part of a trip to Egypt and Jordan, but probably not now. Some day!

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