Ayn al-Bardah

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Ayn al-Bardah
عين الباردة
Village
Ain albardeh overview.JPG
Ayn al-Bardah is located in Syria
Ayn al-Bardah
Ayn al-Bardah
Location in Syria
Coordinates: 34°47′N 36°16′E / 34.783°N 36.267°E / 34.783; 36.267
Country  Syria
Governorate Homs
District Talkalakh
Subdistrict Al-Nasirah
Elevation 2,788 ft (850 m)
Time zone EET (UTC+3)
 • Summer (DST) EEST (UTC+2)
Website AinAlbardeh.com

Ayn al-Bardah (Arabic: عين الباردة‎; ALA-LC: ‘Ayn al-Bārdah, which means "cold spring") is a Greek Orthodox Christian village in Syria, 55 kilometres west of Homs and 200 kilometres north-west of Damascus. Nestled on the Sayeh mountain, at 850 metres above sea level, the village overlooks the Valley of Christians and oversees the Mediterranean sea.

Climate[edit]

`Ayn al-Barda has a Mediterranean climate. It snows on the mountain slopes several times in winter.

Main sights[edit]

The village is a well-appreciated stopover for tourists on their way to the nearby Krak des Chevaliers; most of them visit the church of Saint Elias in the village. John Gardiner Kinnear described the village in an account of his journey throughout the Middle East in 1839:

Last week T—— and I rode up to a beautiful secluded spot, some three or four hours from Beyrout [sic]. It is, as the Arabic name implies, a fountain of delightfully cold water, which, issuing in copious stream from the rocks, is received into a stone basin under the shade of a magnificent caroob-tree. There is no village near it; but within a short distance are one or two lonely cottages among the vineyards and mulberry gardens. It is on the upmost verge of the cultivated part of the mountain; below are gardens and pine woods; and above, the wild rocks and pine woods; and above, the wild rocks and tangled shrubbery. The air is clear, cool, and refreshing after the sultry atmosphere of Beyrout; and the view over the lower heights covered with vines and olives mingling with the dark pine woods, to the wie expanse of the blue Mediterranean, is one of the most beautiful I ever beheld.[1]

Al-`Ayn (the spring)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kinnear, Cairo, Petra, and Damascus in 1839: with Remarks on the Government of Mehmet Ali and on the Present Prospects of Syria, 294.

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