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Hama (ancient Hamath; Arabic: حماة, meaning fortress) is a city on the banks of the Orontes river in central Syria north of Damascus. It is the provincial capital of the Hama Governorate.
Hama is popular for it's 17 norias; have a look at them when passing the town, they are awsome!
When travelling from Aleppo towards Damascus, one has two options for passing Hama:
- The road directly through the city; you can choose to have a stop in town and try hitchhiking in between, but taxis could be annoying. Anyway most traffic passing this city takes this way
- The bypass east of Hama; most trucks use this road, but not many normal cars. So if you prefer trucks, take this road, otherwise, make your way through the city.
Major cities: Aleppo • Damascus • Hama • Homs • Latakia
Minor cities: Al-Hasakah • Al-Raqqah • As-Suwayda • Daraa • Deir ez-Zor • Idlib • Tadmor (Palmyra)