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.