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The city was assumingly founded by Phoenicians, as estimates say, by the fourth century BC. It was the religious centre attached to the Phoenician sea-port of the close Arwad island. 

Today, there are only ruins of that city. They are south to Tartus. Already in Roman times, the city had again lost its importance. Amrit is the only still existent site in Syria showing both Phoenician and Persian style elements.

The major building - the water temple - in Amrit dates back from the fourth century BC. Its inner court was sculptured out of a rook and is still filled with water flowing from the east side through a fountain known for its curative effects. The court-yard is flanked by colonnades on three sides. The bassin in its centre is overtopped by a Cella for the god of fertility and water. These sights include also a mausoleum, tomb towers, and a stadium.

 

 

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