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Saint Simon Citadel (Sam’an Citadel, Qalat Samaan)

Aleppo, Syria
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Ranked #2 of 18 attractions in Aleppo
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities
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Melbourne, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

It was a bit of a hike to get to it but its fully worth seeing. Saint Simon was said to have sat on top of the pillar what a life.

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Flensburg, Germany
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80 reviews 80 reviews
53 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

Serene ruin of a monastery about an hour drive from Aleppo, situated among olive trees. Getting there, you will probably drive by abandoned buildings known as Dead Cities/Villes mortes, ask your driver for a short stop to go explore one of the buildings for example. A little eerie as no one knows with certainty why these villages were abandoned centuries... More

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New York City, New York
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116 reviews 116 reviews
68 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2011

My wife and I were on the way from Hama to Aleppo and we were ahead of schedule so we decided to pop in here. The images online had not been that impressive so we did not expect much, it was just on our "B-List" of things to see. And it was stunning. My wife and I both agree that... More

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New York City, New York
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115 reviews 115 reviews
71 attraction reviews
272 helpful votes 272 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

The citadel of St. Simeon is fabulous on several levels. The site dates back to the 5th century C.E. and became famous with the arrival of Simeon, who made the site a major tourist attraction/pilgrimage destination even during his lifetime. Simeon used to stand on a pillar in order to get away from people and meditate on God (you can... More

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