Muhafazat 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
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Qanawat

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As Suwayda'

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  • Suweida's countryside

    As Suwayda' Things to Do

    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

    As Suwayda' Things to Do

    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

    As Suwayda' Things to Do

    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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Shahba'

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  • The Palace

    Shahba' Things to Do

    Adjacent to the Kalybé on the north side are the remains of a Roman palace. It might have been the centre of the Roman government of the city or even the rulers residence. The ruins of the palace were incorporated into a residence constructed during the Ottoman period.

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  • The Kalybé

    Shahba' Things to Do

    One of the most prominent remains of Philippopolis, this stage-like structure is believed to be a Kalybé. Such a structure, found in many of the Roman cities of this region, is of Semitic/Nabataean origin and resembles a nymphaeum. In fact, the two types of structures are so similar that the earliest archaeologists mistakenly identified the Kalybé...

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  • Hexastyle Temple

    Shahba' Things to Do

    Three and a half of the six original Corinthian columns of this temple are still standing along the Decumanus Maximus of Philippopolis (Shahba). In the modern era, these columns are now in the front porch of a house (how lucky the owners are!) but they once preceded a Roman temple. Although it was named by archaeologists as the Hexastyle Temple...

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Qanawat

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  • References & Recommended Reading

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    Below are references and recommended reading:Syria - A Historical and Cultural Guide, by Warwick BallMonuments of Syria - An Historical Guide, by Ross BurnsSyria - A Selection of Reports, by Carol MillerRome in the East, The Transformation of an Empire, by Warwick BallCanatha and Philippopolis, by Hassan HatoumSyrie - Guides Bleus, Hachette

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  • Mount Hermon

    Qanawat Things to Do

    Though difficult to discern in the attached photo due to mist, Mount Hermon is quite visible from Qanawat. The town is situated on the western facing slopes of Jebel al-Arab, the volcanic mountain plateau known as the Hauran, which rises to a height of 1800 metres. Thus, Qanawat is graced by unobstructed views westwards over the Hauran and Golan...

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  • Oak Forests of the Hauran

    Qanawat Things to Do

    The Hauran countryside just outside Qanawat is blessed with a fertile soil and relatively abundant water. This is all the more a contrast in a region generally known for its desert and aridity. On the western slopes of the Hauran just outside Qanawat are not only farms, vineyards and olive groves, but surprisingly also large oak tree forests....

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