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Water wheel (called Noria) dating back to Byzantine times (14the 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 only 17 remain. They still turn today in summer time.
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May 17 2009 10:11 GMT teddybear2
wow that is amazing especially when you think how old it is
May 17 2009 10:20 GMT abojovna PRO
Unique! Very nice photo!
May 17 2009 10:21 GMT clintonfolks
wow and wow again.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
May 17 2009 10:33 GMT charlotte
fantastic!
May 17 2009 10:50 GMT sini
Great image!:)
May 17 2009 11:48 GMT corainna
well... history let us such a wonderful things... we have only to keep them... for the next citizen wich are coming behaind us... but.... unfortunatly, day by day, monuments and history withnes.. disepeare.. cos of our mistaike..:(
May 17 2009 11:49 GMT linnywv PRO
Spectacular!!!
May 17 2009 11:55 GMT ujbanyiv
Just Excellent Place and Perfect Photo.
May 17 2009 12:19 GMT Studio88
Awesome View ;-)
May 17 2009 13:00 GMT ThorBeverley PRO
Fascinating!

How was the wheel powered?
May 17 2009 14:12 GMT marioalbertina
Interesting equipment to feed water !
May 17 2009 14:22 GMT senna3
Thor, these wheels moved by the strong current of the Orontes river. They were carefully positioned at places where the current was most powerful!
May 17 2009 16:06 GMT hallo
Gigantic!
May 17 2009 18:07 GMT Adamus
Amazing picture.
May 17 2009 19:06 GMT lynnj04
wonderful shot :-))
May 17 2009 19:51 GMT Tom33
beautiful feat of engineering
May 17 2009 21:24 GMT beady
wonderful... nice old building image.
good find
May 18 2009 05:18 GMT senna3
Thank you all for your nice comments!
May 18 2009 07:17 GMT PaP67
superbe Noria >>>> faves !
May 18 2009 07:26 GMT senna3
Thank you so much Patrick!
May 18 2009 14:11 GMT hans55 PRO
great architecture and history here !!
May 18 2009 16:05 GMT senna3
Thank you Hans.
May 18 2009 19:24 GMT seemolf
a wonderful series!
May 18 2009 19:28 GMT senna3
Thank you Seemolf.
May 19 2009 03:16 GMT littlesnow
Great shot!
May 19 2009 04:37 GMT senna3
Thank you Littlesnow.
May 19 2009 08:18 GMT deafcon1
This is awesome.We Dutchmen can be jealous.
May 19 2009 08:50 GMT senna3
Very true Deafcon!
May 20 2009 07:42 GMT Ogladif
Fantastic Shot
May 20 2009 13:37 GMT senna3
Thank you Ogladif.

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