Photographer's Note

The Pigion rocks - or as it is called and pronounced in Arabic "Raw-she"-صخرة الروشة ,is a famous landmark situated on the coastline of Beirut city-Capital of Lebanon.

Some historians believe that the word "raouché" derives from the Aramaic word rosh, meaning head. Other historians argue that it is a corruption of the French word roche (rocher), meaning rock.

Rawche is formed of two huge rocks with 70 meters in hight ( 229.66 feet) and 25 meters(82 Feet) in width .

Those rocks were formed as it was thought in the 13th century after a very big earthquake that hit the area around the year 1202 (598 AH) with an epicenter in southwestern Syria.

That earthquake had the magnitude of Ms = 7.6 had been estimated with damage up to 11 on the modified Mercalli intensity scale; so it was felt over a very wide area, from Sicily to Anatolia to Armenia, Cyprus, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Jordan and Egypt (as far south as Aswan). It destroyed lots of inhabited lands and islands leaving lots of Rocks around , The greatest damage was reported from Mount Lebanon, Tyre, Acre, Baalbek, Beit Jann, Al-Samyra, Nablus, Banyas, Damascus, Hauran, Tripoli and Hama. The cities of Tyre, Acre and Nablus were heavily damaged... and as geologians believe those two huge and beautiful rocks were born !

Then nture came to do its artistic work , a natural arch was formed , and erosions continued on drawing beautiful lines that witness passed time and weather.


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  • Copyright: leila Zebib (Leila-Z) (56)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2009-07-00
  • Categories: Nature
  • Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
  • Date Submitted: 2009-10-07 18:40
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