The feelings of confusion, loss, sadness were all felt by me when I first learned about the lost cities in northwest Syria.
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In the northwest of Syria there is an area 25 miles by 90 miles (roughly 40 km by 140 km) in which over 700 ruined cities dating from about 500 BC to around AD 700. These ruins are collective known as the Dead Cities.
|Part of one of the dead cities. From James Gordon of Los Angeles on Flickr.|
Many of these ruins have Roman/Byzantine architecture with the ruins of churches still clearly visible.
|The ruins of a once great church. From James Gordon of Los Angeles on Flickr.|
Today these ruins are an UNESCO Heritage Site. Even with this status they are little known and the current conditions