National Geographic : 1926 Dec
Photograph by Gabriel Bretocq MODERN ANTIOCH FROM ACROSS THE ORONTES (SEE TEXT, PAGE 675) The ancient city extended along both banks of this river, which was crossed by five bridges. To-day only one, ofRoman origin, remains. There still exist interesting traces of the imposing fortifications, which consisted of high walls topped by 360 towers. The hippodrome atAntioch was supposed to have been the scene of the famous chariot race in General Lew Wallace's "Ben Hur."