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St Simeon's monastry; supposedly Simeon Stylites spent 36 years sitting on pillars of variuos heights, here from 423AD

After he died a monastry was built around his pillar in 459AD

Otherwise, a well preserved roman structure

The foundation of the 'famous' pillar

The Syrian landscape reveals a fertile land

The Syrian landscape reveals a fertile land

 

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