Norias (Water Wheels), Hamah

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See seventeen wooden Norias (Water Wheels) along Orontes River, a site submitted as a tentative World Heritage Site. The norias transferred water to an aqueduct that further provided water to farms and the city. The 20 m (65.6 ft) long norias date back to 4th century, although some believe them to be even older. See the largest noria which provided water to the Great Mosque of Hama. In addition, you can see the aqueduct in a good condition. Few of them still work, however they remain today a tourist attraction. To visit Norias (Water Wheels) on your holiday in Hamah, and find out what else Hamah has to offer, use our Hamah tourist route planner.
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  • April 25, 2017
    Paternosters giant wooden, durable beauty through history told by Assi tender and lush and beautiful, if I visited Syria and do not see the Hama because I lost a lot, and if I visited Hama waterwheels did not enjoy it like you didn't see anything.
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  • November 26, 2016
    Samples that were made the River City residents when there were no machines. Unfortunately that did not destroy the time did people once the destroyed and thrown into the fire mills.
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  • June 22, 2016
    There's no way around it. If you're in Syria, you have to come by Hama and visit the water wheels. They're located in an amazing place and surrounded by outstanding scenery. What I loved most about th...  more »

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Hamah offers a few hotels, guesthouses, and hostels, primarily located close to the Orontes River and by a central park. If you're going to be heading farther east, then staying in Hamah can make sense, but if you're in town to explore the west of the country, then you'll find the port towns of Latakia and Tartus offer a far greater choice of accommodations, with large and small hotels, guesthouses, and the odd hostel.
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