Water wheel (called Noria) dating back to the end of Byzantine times (14th century)
Syria, Hama, May 2009
These giant wooden wheels of 20 m. diameter scooped water from the Orontes river and deposited it into the aquaducts behind the wheel. The water then flowed to nearby fields and gardens. Of the more than 30 norias in Hama only 17 remain. They still turn today in summer time.