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Local time: 18:53:42, Altitude: 497m

Qatna are the ruins of an ancient city in Syria . They are located approximately 18 km from the city of Hims. At the turn of the 13th century BC, this rich and important city was destroyed by the Hittites. It covers an area of 1 km2, what classifies it as one of the largest cities from the Bronze Age in Syria. At some places, the ruins of Qatna reach the height of 20 m. Qatna was built of crushed limestone, stones and mud. The city has a square ground plan. There were entrance gates in the middle of each wall surrounding the city. The Qatna Royal Palace was Syria's largest building of its kind from the Bronze Age. Nevertheless, only the foundation and the stone walls remained preserved. At the end of a 40 m long corridor leading from the throne room, is the Qatna Royal tomb discovered in 1975. The archaeological research has revealed fragments of pottery, basalt statues, necklaces and jewelry in the shape of the sun, showing the influence of Egyptian culture in the region.

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GPS: 34.8357, 36.8636
Altitude: 497 m
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:25:30 PM

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