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Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan)

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Address: Aleppo, Syria

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Witnessing a biblical event.

I can't bear to see if this incredible site has also been plundered and destroyed. Its location, high on a plateau overlooking a vast flat valley landscape is truly awesome. The... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 September 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

I can't bear to see if this incredible site has also been plundered and destroyed. Its location, high on a plateau overlooking a vast flat valley landscape is truly awesome. The site was (2007 when I went) extremely well looked after. There's the usual locals selling their handmade products, eking out a living selling olive soap, honey, postcards... very simple... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2015

I am adding photos to share memories of a beautiful place, the journey was amazing, such a beautiful country

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2013

It was a bit of a hike to get to it but its fully worth seeing. Saint Simon was said to have sat on top of the pillar what a life.

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Flensburg, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

Serene ruin of a monastery about an hour drive from Aleppo, situated among olive trees. Getting there, you will probably drive by abandoned buildings known as Dead Cities/Villes mortes, ask your driver for a short stop to go explore one of the buildings for example. A little eerie as no one knows with certainty why these villages were abandoned centuries... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2011

My wife and I were on the way from Hama to Aleppo and we were ahead of schedule so we decided to pop in here. The images online had not been that impressive so we did not expect much, it was just on our "B-List" of things to see. And it was stunning. My wife and I both agree that... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2009

The citadel of St. Simeon is fabulous on several levels. The site dates back to the 5th century C.E. and became famous with the arrival of Simeon, who made the site a major tourist attraction/pilgrimage destination even during his lifetime. Simeon used to stand on a pillar in order to get away from people and meditate on God (you can... More 

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