Photographer's Note

Welcome to Apamea, an important desert trading post on the long trek from the Mediterranean to Central Asia. The remains, preserved by the dryness of the climate, are largely of Roman construction and cover a vast area. During Roman times, the city’s population numbered about half a million, of whom 380,000 or so were slaves. These elegant columns, which form part of the two-mile long main street, have spiral fluting, the direction of the fluting alternating with that on the next – this is a feature unique to Apamea. The projections you can see from a couple of the columns would have supported busts of eminent citizen, these long since lost, destroyed or carted off to museums.

As with most of the sites we visited in Syria, this was blissfully free of other visitors, and I shot the various columns from just about every angle. The atmosphere and the vastness of the place really blew me away.

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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