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Jerada (also spelled Jaradah) is one of the Byzantine "Dead Cities" near Aleppo in northern Syria. It is close to the Aleppo-Hama highway, which it overlooks from a position up on low rocky hills.

The ruins of Jerada include extensive remains of upper-class houses, a 6-story watchtower and a 5th-century Byzantine cathedral. Column capitals and lintels feature simple geometric designs reminiscent of Visigothic art done in Spain around the same time (such as in Cordoba).

Unlike most of these ghost towns, Jerada is partially occupied, with some of the big old houses serving as barns for nearby modern villagers.

Quick Facts on Jerada

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State:Dead Cities
Categories:Dead Cities of Syria
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Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Jerada

Below is a location map and aerial view of Jerada. Using the buttons on the left (or the wheel on your mouse), you can zoom in for a closer look, or zoom out to get your bearings. To move around, click and drag the map with your mouse.


  1. Lonely Planet Syria and Lebanon, p. 200.

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Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/06/2009
Link code:<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/syria/jerada/syria/dead-cities">Jerada</a>