Two hours later we reached the foot of a tall isolated mountain, which is crowned by the crumbling castle of Banias, the stateliest ruin of that kind on earth, no doubt.
We wondered how such a solid mass of masonry could be affected even by an earthquake, and could not understand what agency had made Banias a ruin; but we found the destroyer, after a while, and then our wonder was increased tenfold.
And as the evening drew near, we clambered down the mountain, through groves of the Biblical oaks of Bashan, (for we were just stepping over the border and entering the long-sought Holy Land,) and at its extreme foot, toward the wide valley, we entered this little execrable village of Banias and camped in a great grove of olive trees near a torrent of sparkling water whose banks are arrayed in fig-trees, pomegranates and oleanders in full leaf.
They broke off fragments from Noah's tomb; from the exquisite sculptures of the temples of Baalbec; from the houses of Judas and Ananias, in Damascus; from the tomb of Nimrod the Mighty Hunter in Jonesborough; from the worn Greek and Roman inscriptions set in the hoary walls of the Castle of Banias; and now they have been hacking and chipping these old arches here that Jesus looked upon in the flesh.
In the meantime, more than 230 members of the ruling Baath Party has announced their resignations - 30 are from Banias
and 203 from Dara'a and its vicinity in protest against the brutal military operations.
The two fields which also to produce crude oil, are linked to the Banias
and Mahrada power stations.
From there, the pipeline will be extended to the Syrian port of Banias
and the Lebanese refinery of Zahrani in 2005, then Cyprus and Turkey in 2006.
Initially the oil used to be trucked to Al Rasafa, 100 km away, and then fed into the pipeline running from Karatchok and Suwaidiyah to the Homs and Banias
Iloilo Provincial Administrator Raul Banias
disclosed that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has issued a formal certification for the Jalaur River Multipurpose Project-Stage II (JRMP-II).
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- The Syrian army discovered and seized a large cache of Israeli-made weapons and ammunition in Banias
city of the Tartous governorate near the Lebanese borders.
: Residents are fleeing the Syrian city of Banias
on the Mediterranean coast after ...
QUNEITRA/OCCUPIED GOLAN (SANA) -- In line with its hostile practices against the occupied Syrian Golan, the Israeli occupation authorities deliberately set fire to the occupied town of Banias
in the northern sector on Tuesday.