On one of our day trips from Hama, Syria, we visited the lonely and windswept hilltop ruins of the city of Apamea. Founded in 300BC, the city became part of the Roman Empire around 64BC and played host to distinguished guests like Cleopatra. Today, excavations have revealed the high columns that once lined the Roman cardo where the marks from horse drawn carriages are still visible etched in the stone path.
The history of the site is written on a series of chalkboards at the entrance, but whether or not we were looking at the ruins of a roman bath or some kind of shop front were not what was exciting about the site. Our group of four and one other traveller were the only visitors, and watching a storm roll in over the beautifully desolate valley below was just as interesting and atmospheric, if not more so, than ancient piles of stones.
For more on my time in Syria, check out the Syrian posts in the archives.