• Photographs from Al Qalamoun
    1997-1999, Børre Ludvigsen

    The ``Kalomos'' of Greco-Roman times and the ``Calamon'' or ``Calmont'' of the Crusaders.

    Al Qalamoun became a center for brass work after metal workers from Tripoli'9s traditional Souk an-Nahhassin moved here several decades ago.

    The main road is lined with small workshops and showrooms where brass bowls, candlesticks and other objects are hammered out in the old tradition. A good look around these shops may turn up interesting antique pieces as well. Road side stands in Al Qalamoun also sell olive oil and fruit syrups made from mulberry, lemon, orange and other juices.