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Another "narrow" picture from a street in Hama...

Unlike Aleppo and Damascus, nothing much of the ages is still existent in Hama although excavations revealed remains from as far back as the Neolithic period.

Hama was the center of Syro-Hittite by 11th century BC. Later it was the capital of the Aramean kingdom, as Hamath. Hamath is mentioned several times in the Old Testament.

Later conquered by Assyrians, followed by the Persians, Hama came to be known as Epiphania when it fell to the Seleucids in 200 BC.

Later comes the Romans and then the Byzantines during which it was used as a center for administration.

The Arabs took over Hama in 7th century AD. But it was always overshadowed by Aleppo and Damascus. Later it flourished under the Ayyubids, and the Ottomans.

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