Sound Tourism: Groaning Noria at Hama, Syria

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Sound Tourism: Discover The sights and sounds of a creaking, groaning noria (ناعورة) along the Orontes River in Hama, Syria.

Listen to huge wooden waterwheels – Norias. They are real sonic wonders.

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The norias of Hama on the Orontes River in Syria ar producing strange groaning sounds. Photo: Wikipedia

On the riverbank of the Orontes River in the city Hama in Syria you can see huge wooden waterwheels. They are called Norias (ناعورة).

They are not only impressive because of their size (about 20 meters high) but also because of their weird groaning sound produced by the friction of the wood.

Before, 30 Norias were used to provide water for the city Hama and for irrigation. The oldest one dates from the 14th century. Nowadays, the 12 remaining are a sonic tourist attraction.

I would say that these groaning norias are a strangely interesting things to have visited in your life.

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