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Bara, ancient Kapropera, is one of the most spectacular 'Dead Cities', regarding both its dimensions and its remains. Bara lies in the heart of the limestone mountains of northern Syria and once was a busy communication and agriculture centre. 

Boasting a huge water table, Al Bara became a centre of olive cultivation and viniculture, which is reflected in its magnificent architecture and in the prodigal building manner of the citizens' graves. Crusaders gave the place a mournful famousness: during their presence in Syria between 1098 and 1148, they massacred about 20.000 Muslims in Maaret Al Numaan. That was the bloodiest chapter in the history of crusaders. 

Nowadays, you find in Bara a cathedral, four churches, several buildings, and a splendid Roman villa from the third century AD transformed into a monastery. All these buildings testify the glory of the past.

 

 

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