Monday, July 12, 2010

Arches: architectural & engineering things of beauty

Wandering among the ruins and the cities of Syria, I was constantly reminded of just what amazing structures we humans have built. Whether buildings had been erected in Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, Ottoman, or any other times before, during, and after (such as the Dead Cities), often all that remains of a structure are its arches . They have withstood earthquakes, wind, dust storms, neglect.
Below are photographs taken all through our trip of arches in mosques, churches, Roman temples, monasteries, other public and private buildings, walls, gates, aqueducts.

Bab Sharqi, Damascus

The Citadel, Aleppo

Roman columns & arches on the grounds of the Umayyad Mosque, Damascus

The baths, Apamea; those holes were where the water pipes came in

Old City, Hama

Grand Mosque, Damascus

Monastery courtyard, Krak de Chevalier

Khan off the Souk. Damascus

Inside St. George's Monastery

The Inn at Serjilla

The wine & olive presses, Serjilla

Church, Dead City of Serjilla

Remains of two story house, Dead City of Serjilla

Chapel ,Krak de Chevalier

Baalbek, Lebanon

Courtyard in a khan, Alepppo

Ressafa in a sand storm

Inside Ressafa

St. Simeon

At St. Simeon, north of Aleppo

Colonnade at Palmyra

The three arches, Palmyra

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