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Kharab Shams

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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.

Quick Facts on Kharab Shams

Site Information
Names:Kharab Shams
State:Dead Cities
Categories:Dead Cities of Syria
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:36.339565° N, 36.943213° E  (view on Google Maps)
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  1. Warwick Ball, Syria: A Historical and Architectural Guide (2006), p. 149.
  2. Kharab Shams - Souria.com

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Title:Kharab Shams
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:10/27/2009
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