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Noria
Country:
Syria
Place:
Hama , N 35°6'-W 36°48'
Time:
May, 2006
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Inge
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On the riverbank of the Orontes River in the city Hama in Syria you can see the huge wooden waterwheels - Norias.
Impressive because of their size - about 20 meters high - but also because of their sound. The friction of the wood (both the wheels as the blocks on which they are mounted)produces a groaning sound.
There used to be around 30 Norias - the oldest dates from the 14th century - now about 12 of them remain.
They were built to provide water for the city Hama and for irrigation. Nowadays no longer used for that purpose, but a Toov for tourists as well as locals. The locals from Hama like to picknick and don't mind the rubbish on the riverbanks or in the water. The Norias pick up all that plastic. This in combination with the small rainbows around the wheels and that mourning sound makes a vist to the Norias a strangely interesting toov.

See more of our stay in Syria on Flickr and Paintaway


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