Kharab Shams, Syria

Kharab Shams (also spelled Harab Shams or Kharab al-Shams) is one the many "Dead Cities" in northern Syria.

Located on the eastern slopes of the Jebel Sima'an not far from the Aleppo-Azaz road, Kharab Shams is notable for its particularly well preserved Byzantine basilica dating from the 5th century AD.

Kharab Shams was also inhabited in the pre-Classical period, which accounts for some mysterious ancient carvings on one of the standing lintels.


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Names:Kharab Shams
Status: ruins
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Coordinates:36.339565° N, 36.943213° E
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  1. Warwick Ball, Syria: A Historical and Architectural Guide (2006), p. 149.
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