Travels In Syria And The Holy Land By John Lewis Burckhardt


























































 -  June 21st.--We ascended the western
banks of the valley of the Jordan, and then continued upon a plain,
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June 21st.--We Ascended The Western Banks Of The Valley Of The Jordan, And Then Continued Upon A Plain, Called Ard Aaseifera (Arabic), A Small Part Of Which Is Cultivated By The Inhabitants Of Szaffad.

There are several springs in the plain.

In an hour and a quarter, we began to ascend the chain of mountains known by the name of Djebel Szaffad, which begin on the N.W. side of the lake of Houle, being a southern branch of the Djebel el Sheikh, or rather of the Anti-Libanus. On the steep acclivity of this mountain we passed to the left of the village Feraab (Arabic). The road ascends through a narrow valley, called Akabet Feraein, and passes by the spring of Feraein (Arabic). In two hours and three quarters from the bridge, we reached the summit of the mountain, from whence the Djebel el Sheik bears N.E. The whole is calcareous,

SZAFFAD

[p.317] with very little basalt or tufwacke. At the end of three hours and a half, after a short descent, we reached Szaffad (Arabic), the ancient Japhet; it is a neatly built town, situated round a hill, on the top of which is a castle of Saracen structure. The castle appears to have undergone a thorough repair in the course of the last century, it has a good wall, and is surrounded by a broad ditch. It commands an extensive view over the country towards Akka, and in clear weather the sea is visible from it.

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