Apamea (Syria)

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Apamea (آفاميا) was an ancient Greek and Roman city, situated on the eastern side of the Orontes River. The site is about 55 km (34 mi) to the northwest of Hama, Syria, overlooking the Ghab valley.

Overview

Many remains of the ancient acropolis are still standing, consisting probably of the remains of highly decorated temples of which Sozomen speaks; it is now enclosed in ancient castle walls called Kalat el-Mudik (Kŭlat el-Mudîk); the remainder of the ancient city is to be found in the plain.

Notable Structures

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Great Colonnade
The Great Colonnade in Apamea served as the principal colonnaded street in the ancient city located in the Orontes River valley in northwestern Syria. Constructed during the second century CE following the city's destruction in the 115 earthquake, this nearly 2-kilometer (1.2-mile) avenue comprised Apamea's main north-south axis, also known as the cardo maximus. Renowned as one of the longest and most celebrated colonnades in the Roman world, it stood as a monumental architectural marvel.

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