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Water wheel

Water wheel
Syria, Hama, May 2009

The norias of Hama date back to Byzantine times (14the century). These giant wooden wheels of 20 m. diameter scooped water from the Orontes river and deposited it into the aquaducts behind the wheel. The water then flowed to nearby fields and gardens. Of the more than 30 norias only 17 remain at the time of our visit (2009). They were claimed the most splendid norias ever constructed.The norias of Hama were submitted as a tentative World Heritage Site by the Syrian Arab Republic in June 1999.
On August 11, 2014, it was reported on Twitter that they had been burned down by drunken soldiers: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norias_of_Hama

Thanks all for the nice comments and the favourites, very much appreciated!

Béatrice, alsalam, Helena Ferreira, Jordi Bort and 23 other people have particularly liked this photo


24 comments - The latest ones
Stormlizard
Stormlizard
Very interesting that they built such a large one.
2 years ago.
Philippe_28
Philippe_28
Très spectaculaire
2 years ago.
cammino
cammino
Great!
2 years ago.
Eddie X
Eddie X
Mooi oud bouwwerk.
2 years ago.
Marie-claire Gallet
Marie-claire Gallet
Very interesting explanations and outstanding photo, Peter!! Thank you for sharing!
2 years ago.
Dynamo
Dynamo
mooie..
2 years ago.
HappySnapper
HappySnapper
I hadn't realised that Syria had such a great heritage. Marvellous shot Peter.
2 years ago.
Pam J has replied to HappySnapper
One of the cradles of modern civilisation
2 years ago.
X-pose
X-pose
Interessant!
2 years ago.
Zsuzsa
Zsuzsa
Wonderful!
2 years ago.
Patrice Leydier
Patrice Leydier
Very well. A nice shot
2 years ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Very good reproduction of the textures!
2 years ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Awesome capture!

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2 years ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Stunning.

And also a reason photography is so important. As the idiots destroy... there is still a record.
2 years ago.
Rambonp
Rambonp
Wow ! GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
2 years ago.
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Fantastique ...
2 years ago.
Colin
Colin
Very good and interesting image and information Peter.
2 years ago.
Annemarie
Annemarie
woooonderful this
have seen it many years ago
what will be left of all this beauties?
2 years ago.
Monica Meeneghan
Monica Meeneghan
Oh how sad. Such wonderful preservation of great workmanship.
2 years ago.
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╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Your beautiful capture was admired in Historical & Architectural Gems.
2 years ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wat een bijzondere molen. Hopelijk niet verwoest.
Congrats on Explore.
2 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Bedankt Jaap.
2 years ago.
Peter Van Der Houwen
Peter Van Der Houwen
Thanks all for the nice comments and the favourites, very much appreciated!
2 years ago.
Hans Guenter
Hans Guenter
Das sieht großartig aus. Schade, dass ich nie dahin gekommen bin. Im augenblick ist das ja wohl nicht möglich.
2 years ago.