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Resafa (Sergiopolis)

Best position in Explore, #4 on 14/2/2009


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My last travel in Syria (and only 8 hours in Istanbul...)


"Resafa (Arabic: الرصافة‎), known in Roman times as Sergiopolis, was a city located in what is now modern-day Syria. It is an archaeological site situated south-west of the city of Ar Raqqah and the Euphrates.


The city is mentioned in the Bible (Isaiah 37:12) but little else is heard of it until the 4th century when it became a pilgrimage town for Christians coming to venerate Saint Sergius. Sergius was a Roman soldier who was persecuted for his Christian faith. Sergius was brought to Resafa for his execution, and there he became a martyr for the city. A church was built to mark his grave and the city was renamed Sergiopolis."

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Taken on December 29, 2008