|SYRIA - RUINS
Palmyra was in the ancient times an important city of central Syria. It has long been a vital caravan city for travelers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert.
Bosra is a major archaeological site, containing ruins from Roman, Byzantine, and Muslim times. The city features what is thought to be the best-preserved Roman theater in the world.
Serjilla, one of the best preserved of the Dead Cities in northwestern Syria was abandoned in the seventh century when he Arabs conquered the region and discontinued merchant routes between Antioch and Apamea.
Apamea or Efamia, near Hama was a treasure city and stud-depot of the Seleucid kings. Previously known as Pharmake, it was fortified and enlarged by Seleucus I Nicator in 300 BC, who so named it after his Persian wife.
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