Monuments of Syria: A Historical Guide

Monuments of Syria: A Historical Guide

by Ross Burns
     
 

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Ancient Syria has one of the richest cultures outside Egypt, with particularly impressive and virtually unspoiled remains from the Byzantine period and the time of the Crusades. An encyclopedic survey of Syria's ancient monuments, this guidebook takes the traveller through Syria's turbulent history, linking the sites to events and historical

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Ancient Syria has one of the richest cultures outside Egypt, with particularly impressive and virtually unspoiled remains from the Byzantine period and the time of the Crusades. An encyclopedic survey of Syria's ancient monuments, this guidebook takes the traveller through Syria's turbulent history, linking the sites to events and historical figures.

Supplementary notes on the history and architectural influences are given for all the main sites and monuments, along with an explanation of the main architectural and foreign language term, alternative place names, and indications of the level of interest.

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”This wonderful guidebook has been published at an auspicious time when Syria has finally opened its doors to international tourism. It is without question the most impressive historical guide to Syria in the English language, far surpassing anything previously published.”

-MESA Bulletin

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Syria is home to some of the most celebrated sites from ancient and medieval history, including Palmyra, Qasr al Hayr East, the shrine of Saint Simeon, and Crak des Chevaliers. The history and present condition of each of these sites, which are listed in alphabetical order, are chronicled by Ross (who was trained in history and archaeology) in a detailed, readable text. The gazetteer is followed by a series of itineraries, maps, a glossary of terms, and a chronology of Syria's history. Published in a convenient size (6x8.25<">) for travelling. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814712870
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
04/01/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

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"This wonderful guidebook has been published at an auspicious time when Syria has finally opened its doors to international tourism. It is without question the most impressive historical guide to Syria in the English language, far surpassing anything previously published."

-MESA Bulletin

Meet the Author

Ross Burns is a historian and archaeologist by training. He was an Australian Ambassador to Syria and Lebanon and is now the Australian Permanent Delegate to UNESCO and Minister at the Australian Embassy in Paris.

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