Places in Syria: A Pocket Grand Tour
In this compact guide, the erudite and highly readable Francis Russell describes nearly 60 places in Syria. Following an itinerary that allows the independent sightseer to see as many major monuments in their proper contexts as is practical in a limited time, he visits cities, towns, and desert villages; the great monastery of St. Simeon, at the heart of the series of "dead cities" of Byzantine times; Hama and its famous nourias, the great wooden wheels used to raise water from the river; and many other wonders. Russell's easy and elegant ability to share with the reader his knowledge of Syria's history, geography, and culture makes the book a well-informed read with a personal touch.
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