The city is  200km  to the north of Damascus .  It is  a very  ancient city, which has flourished continually since ancient times , and has known the successive civilizations of the Fertile Crescent.

Hama has a long heroic history in defending  Syria  against  foreign invasions

One of the outstanding battles was that of Qarqar , where the Assyrian army was defeated in 853 B.C. Unfortunately , few of its ancient relics have been preserved.

However, Hama is well known for its enormous waterwheels (‘norias’) on the Orontes , which are as old as Hama itself.

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