Global Treasures: Apameia, Syria

Global Treasures: Apameia, Syria
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2007 | 10 min.
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The north of Syria is known for its archaeology. In the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC, the near east was ruled by the Seleucid Empire. The origin of the ancient city of Apameia dates back to the time of Seleucus The First, a general who served under Alexander The Great. Although the surrounding fields are covered with huge boulders, this was once the location of the largest city in the Orient. The former wealth and power of Apameia is reflected by its impressive colonnade. The street points precisely in a north/south direction. It was, and still is, the backbone of this ancient city. According to inscriptions, the colonnade originated at the beginning of the first century AD. Following an earthquake in the 12th century and various battles, the city was abandoned. Only the colonnade demonstrates the former influence and greatness of this legendary ancient city.