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Ruins of the Church of Saint Simeon of the 5th century
Syria, Sheik Barakat Mountain near Aleppo, May 2009

Ruins of the vast edifice erected in the honour of Saint Simeon and known in Arabic as the Qal at Sim´┐Żn ("Mansion of Simeon"). It consist of four basilicas built out from an octagonal court towards the four points of the compass to form a large cross. In the centre of the court stands the base of the style or column on which St. Simeon stood (in the picture shown at the right with the boulder): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Saint_Simeon
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Feb 25 2011 17:17 GMT skyball
Interesting ruins..i bet they could tell a story!!!!!!.....
Feb 25 2011 17:31 GMT larrybenedict
It's a wonderful thing that these are still standing. I try to imagine how the Mansion must have looked in its day.
Feb 25 2011 17:48 GMT hans55 PRO
fantastic ruins ... great history !!
Feb 25 2011 17:51 GMT sini
Great image!:)
Feb 25 2011 17:53 GMT mamontof
Peter , great history , so nice to travel and see a world
Feb 25 2011 17:57 GMT marijke06
roomfriday :))
Feb 25 2011 17:59 GMT Pea2007
Interesting place.
Feb 25 2011 18:08 GMT clintonfolks
wonderful .!!!
Feb 25 2011 18:09 GMT elsje323
interesting ruins
Feb 25 2011 18:50 GMT Lie
Lovely old stone and a great picture....
Feb 25 2011 19:09 GMT LizSA
interesting ruins...!!! it amaze me that they still allow tourist so close to them.
5 th century...!!!
Feb 25 2011 19:10 GMT bandsix
If stones could talk...but there again, perhaps not....
Feb 25 2011 20:43 GMT MargNZ
Stunning ruins and a remarkable history Peter :)
Feb 26 2011 11:02 GMT Annamaria
You have made great travels, Peter!! Another marvelous shot of one of them...;-))
Feb 26 2011 12:19 GMT senna3
That is everywhere in Syria Liz. There is little respect for architecture from the past. Young people are climbing the ruins and you get trouble when you comment on such behaviour.
Feb 26 2011 12:20 GMT senna3
Thank you all for your nice comments!
Feb 26 2011 14:53 GMT martini957
Wonderful ruins
Feb 26 2011 15:51 GMT senna3
Thank you Nancy.

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