Ras Shamra/Ugarit (رآس شمرا/آوغاريت) is one of the most important bronze age archaeological sites in Syria, and was the capital of a large kingdom that controlled much of the eastern Mediterranean coast. The Ugaritic language was one of the first to develop an alphabet, at around 1400 BC. There is debate as to whether the Ugaritic or Phoenician alphabet came first, and there is likely some relation between the two. While the site itself is not in the most well-preserved state, it is nonetheless an interesting place to visit and only a short trip outside of Lattakia (اللاذقية).
Getting There: Frequent microbuses travel to Ras Shamra/Ugarit (رآس شمرا/آوغاريت) from a small microbus stop near the city center of Lattakia (اللاذقية). The trip takes about 15 minutes.
Coordinates: 35°36’07.35″N / 35°46’58.68″E
Transliteration Variants: Ugareet
Rating: (6.5 / 10)
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