The Norias of Hama (??اع?ر ح?اة??)

by David Swatton May. 17, 2010 9001 views

The Norias of Hama are not in fact an orc-slaying warrior breed from “The Lord of the Rings” but are instead large waterwheels used to manage the water / irrigation system in the city of Hama on the Orontes river in Syria. There used to be hundreds of them but now only 17 or so remain but they date from the 13th century AD…. doubt whether my plumbing will last over 700 years!

And they make the most amazing, deafening mechanical grinding noise - like orcs being put through a mincer - you really have to hear it to believe it.

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Jacki 8 years, 3 months ago

Monica sent me a link to here... THOSE are some impressive water wheels! I stared real hard at that last shot and I think I heard them!! :-)

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Mike 9 years, 5 months ago

#4 is amazing. nice place.

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Monika 9 years, 5 months ago

for sure they built for the future. amazing they survived so long...

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Robertpetergee 9 years, 5 months ago

Fantastic exposures and angels! Wonderful to look at!

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Jet28 9 years, 5 months ago

Amazing structures!

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Christelle 9 years, 5 months ago

Beautiful place !

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Rodica O 9 years, 6 months ago

Very interesting constructions, not only the building and the dam but the wheels got me. I am intrigued by the shape and structure, they don't have a center - and it must be for a reason that I don't understand...
I wonder what kind of wood they used to withstand the water and the time.
How can people residing in the proximity live with that permanent noise?
I like the angles you chose to shoot

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 9 years, 6 months ago

Fascinating set - as you say, if only all plumbing lasted that long!

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Jorge Sola 9 years, 6 months ago

Keuda I really like the composition in all set. Just I miss some deep of field in #2,3 on the first term for shotting with open Fs like f4 or f5.6. This would be better lowering the shutter speed and closing to f8 or f11. Just my 2 cents, I like the way you view this photos. Good set

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Stefan Fletcher 9 years, 6 months ago

thanks for these images and the info. Now I know why Tolkein père was famous for his bird impressions.

9 years, 6 months ago Edited
Manuele 9 years, 6 months ago

beautiful shot

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