Photos: Burning of the Historic Noria Gaabariyya in Hama
15/08/2014 - عدد القراءات : 18403
On August 8 2014 the Noria-Gaabariyya near al Nori Mosque had been burned down by unknown group, Hama Antiquities report mentioned that the fire burned the upper part of the new wooden wheel, while the stone base remained intact.
It worth to mention that Hama contained more than 17 of the waterwheels built to take water from the Orontes River and use it to irrigate nearby fields. The Norias were submitted as a tentative World Heritage Site of UNESCO on the criteria (I – VI) that represent a masterpiece of human creative genius and an outstanding example of a type of technology, which illustrates a significant stage in human history through creating device to raise water.
However, a mosaic found at Apamea dating to 469 CE pictures a Noria very similar to those at Hama. The mosaic is now presented in Hama National Museum.