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  • Black basalt stones - Dec 2010
    Black basalt stones - Dec 2010
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    Old houses of Suweida, Dec 2010
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    Suweida's countryside

    by MM212 Updated Mar 23, 2011
    Farms near Suweida, Dec 2010

    Suweida lies in the very fertile region of Hauran, dominated by the gentle sloping 1800-metre Jebel al-Arab peak. The area's volcanic soil and good winter rains have turned it into an agricultural region since ancient times. In fact, the Hauran, Graeco-Roman Auranitis, was one of the breadbaskets of the Roman Empire and the town of Suweida in particular was (and still is!) famous for its grapes and wine. This is why in the 2nd century AD, the Romans gave the city the name Dionysias, after Dionysus, the god of wine, who was equated with the Nabataean god, Dùshara (Thu'sh Shara in Arabic). Unfortunately, the depopulation of the region after Mongol invasions led to a severe decline in agricultural productivity of the region, hence the soil too, which was coupled with a drop in water tables. The region is dotted with numerous ancient towns with well-preserved Roman ruins, such as Bosra, Shahba, and Qanawat.The attached photo is of the farms surrounding Suweida and show a large olive grove.

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    Suweida Archaeological Museum

    by MM212 Updated Feb 7, 2011

    All guidebooks indicate that this small, little-visited museum is the main reason to stop in Suweida. It is said to have an exceptional collection of mosaics and other artefacts and fragments from Suweida and nearby Shahba (Philippopolis). Regretfully, I was not able to visit the museum due to time constraints. In fact, Suweida was not even on my itinerary, but my travel companions and I stopped for lunch when we drove through it on our way from Bosra to Qanawat. If and when I return to the region, I hope to include a visit to this museum.

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    Roman City Gate

    by MM212 Updated Jan 18, 2011
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    One of the few remaining vestiges of Dionysias (i.e., Roman Suweida), this arched structure was the northern city gate. It was built in the same black volcanic stone that gave the town its original Nabataean name, Suda, and its current Arabic name, Suweida, both of which mean the "little black one". The gate is nowadays a mere monument in the centre of a roundabout and a reminder of the city's ancient past.

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    Ottoman-Period Construction

    by MM212 Updated Jan 11, 2011
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    This beautiful Ottoman-period palace was built using stones gathered from the ancient ruins of Suweida, as were other Ottoman-period structures of the town. It is for this reason that ancient structures did not survive well in Suweida.

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    Modern Suweida

    by MM212 Written Jan 11, 2011
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    As the capital of a large Province (with the same name) in southern Syria, Suweida has grown rapidly in recent years. The modern expansion erased most of the traces of the ancient city and unfortunately turned Suweida into a rather unattractive town. Attached are a few photos.

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    Old Suweida

    by MM212 Written Jan 11, 2011
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    The old quarter of Suweida is located in the centre of town. Many badly preserved structures are scattered around, many of which were built as residences during Ottoman times and earlier, using black basalt stones from the ancient ruins. Attached are a few examples.

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    Suweida Museum

    by 1W1V Written Jul 15, 2005

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    Stone carving

    Very nice and unvisited museum built with the help of the French.
    Nice pieces here especially a stone door and some mosaics.

    Suweida museum however has quite a large collection of interesting mosaics that resemble the ones found in the Shahba museum. Themes include Artemis taking a bath, and a banquet scene. There is also a fine collection of statues sculpted in the black basalt, although not as elegant as marble statues they deserve just as much credit.
    (c) Syria gate

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    Shahba City

    by albateh Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Shahba

    He took a personal interest in the city, planned it after the Roman style, built numerous palaces and temples in it, erected triumphal arches and public baths, a theatre and a great wall surrounding it. He is said to have wanted to turn Shahba into a replica of Rome itself.

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    Shahba City

    by albateh Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    In the Jabal al-Arab region 90 kilometres south-east of Damascus. Shahba stands in an oasis of orchards and vineyards. Renowned as the birthplace of the Syrian Emperor Philip who ruled the Roman Empire between 244 and 249 A.D. to honour him, the city bore the name Philipopolis during the Roman period.

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    THE MUSEUM.

    by albateh Updated May 25, 2003

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    Was established at the beginning in the year 1923, with space (13 X 23) Meters, and includes some small statues. It was used as a cinema through the French occupation, and then changed into a museum when numbers of mosaic were found in Shahba.

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    Temple of the Sun God

    by albateh Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Another temple of the same period dedicated to Zeus was built with decorated basalt. On the right side of the valley there are the remains of an Odeon.

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    Temple of the Sun God

    by albateh Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Down the columns is the lower rooms for the priests and the religion equipments, it still in a good condition till now but it used as private property of keeping the hay for the animals.

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    Temple of the Sun God

    by albateh Updated Aug 27, 2003

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    Six columns left which were part of a 2nd century temple dedicated to the sun god Helios. You can notice its long basalt reflect the architectural type of that age.

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    MOSAIC

    by albateh Updated May 31, 2003

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    You can see the immense mosaic panels representing ancient Greek myths; the god of wine and fertility Dionysus, the goddess of love and beauty Aphrodite, and the legendary poet and musician Orpheus.

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    THE MUSEUM.

    by albateh Written May 25, 2003

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    But now it is standing on 5200 M², with two floors and a basement, and it has a great importance as you can see different civilizations.

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