As Suwayda' Travel Guide

  • Black basalt stones - Dec 2010
    Black basalt stones - Dec 2010
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  • Old houses of Suweida, Dec 2010
    Old houses of Suweida, Dec 2010
    by MM212
  • More ruins - Dec 2010
    More ruins - Dec 2010
    by MM212

As Suwayda' Things to Do

  • Suweida's countryside

    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...

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  • Suweida Archaeological Museum

    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...

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  • Roman City Gate

    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...

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  • Ottoman-Period Construction

    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

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Shahba City

    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

    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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  • Temple of the Sun God

    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

    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

    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

    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.

    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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  • THE MUSEUM.

    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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As Suwayda' Restaurants

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    serving yummy shawarma, Dec 2010

    by MM212 Written Jan 11, 2011

    This very busy shawarma seller is located in the centre of Suweida on Hafez al Assad Street, the main north-south thoroughfare of the town. We stopped here for lunch on our way from Bosra to Qanawat and picked the place quite randomly, but it turned out to be quite delicious.

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As Suwayda' Local Customs

  • Farms

    It’s believed here that the fertile volcanic soil can afford giving the trees their needs of nutrients without adding many chemicals……..

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  • Agriculture

    The apple plantation is one of the major economic activities of Sweida, which produces about 50 thousand tons per year, which has also the finest quality in Syria; its apple has the highest recorded sugar percentage per the apple,That’s because the farmers don't irrigate their trees ever!!

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  • Agriculture

    Bearing the name of Rayan, which reflects the good quality of these beverages in this area, the Rayan Arak gained many international prices like the Leipzig international drink fair in 1984.

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