Forgotten Cities Hiking Trail
ClientSwiss Agency for Development and Cooperation
ServiceWayfinding and Signage Design
Inaugurated inJune, 2007
Ancient Towns, 40 KM of trail, 200 signs.
The Forgotten Cities (Also known as the Dead Cities) are a group of 700 abandoned villages in northwest Syria between Aleppo and Idlib. Built during the 4th and 5th centuries, these villages are remarkable remnants of the Byzantine era and once formed a major agricultural engine for the region. It was also a key pilgrimage site for Christians; the Church of Saint Simeon Stylites is one of the most famous buildings in the area.
Existing trails used to reach farmland were used as the starting point for developing routes that connected the ancient sites.
Our team's design solution, concrete.
A signage system that was capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions, low cost, and to mitigate vandalism. Minimizing obstruction and visual clutter was also a key factor.