"Old Biblical Kenath" Qanawat by dionysias
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Qanawat , a small town situated just 7 kilometers northeast of the Muhafaza (Governorate) centre and my hometown ( Sweida ) . About 100 Kilometers south of Damascus in the southern hilly region of Jebel alArab formerly known as Djebel Druze .
Being at an attitude of 1170 meters above the sea level on the western slopes of the jebel alArab volcanic region gives the town a view overlooking the Hauran plain to the west , the town itself is located in the middle of an oak wood , on the banks of a Elghar wadi (wadi= Seasonal river ) that flows from early winter until mid summer , the oak wood itself was considered this year as a Nationalpark , because it is the largest remnant oak wood (Quercus calliprinos) of an old larger oak forest in southern Syria .
The site of the town was settled by the stone age man , but it appeared as a town in the second millennium B.C , the importance of the town increased in the Hellenistic Syria bearing the name of Canatha , it was the chief town of the hilly Jabal alArab on that time mentioned in the bible as Kenath , in the year 60 B.C this town formed the Decapolis ( the ten cities ) along with other nine towns in Southern Syria and Transjordan . The Decapolis was a league of ten Hellenistic towns .
In the first century A.C it became a Chief town within the Roman empire , after that it was considered as the bishopric town of the region in the Byzantine epoch in the 4th and 5th centuries A.C. and its Roman temple turned into a beautiful paleochristian basilica .
When the Arabs took over Syria the Importance of Qanawat declined , and the town was covered by oak trees until the 17th century when Druze immigrants came to southern Syria From Mount Lebanon , and re-inhabited the whole area .
Nowadays Qanawat is small town with 10000 inhabitants rely heavily on vines and apples production as for the rest of the Muhafaza , tourism has a smaller role in the town economy , it is a real off the beaten path destination , which has no hotels , no restaurants, just a few shops if you want to get some biscuits , Ice cream , or a cup of tea and coffee . The points of interest in the town are the Basilica , the town temples , and the Odeon .
- Pros:quite and nice town.
- Cons:not a must see .
The climate of this area of southern Syria is Mediterranean with some heat days in the summer ( the mean temp of July is... more travel advice
Elghar wadi ( seasonal river ) runs into the town , this river is a tributary of Yarmuk river which is the main... more travel advice
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