"STRONG ROOTS" As Suwayda' by albateh

As Suwayda' Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 51 photos

It was my first visit to Al-Suwaidaa, and I spent a wonderful day with my friend Haiyan a member on VT (dionysias).
I have been to many places that reflect the history of this ancient city, and you can see in the picture above the columns, which still standing for more than two thousands year and the sunshine comes in between to light the temple, which has the name (Temple of the sun God).

Let me first mention some places that deserve your visit in Al-Suwaidaa:

-The museum in the center of Al-Suwaidaa city.
-Shahba 90 Km south-east of Damascus
-Qanawat 7 Km east of Suwaidaa.
-The temple of the sun (Helios Temple)
-Some 38 kilometers south of Suwaidaa and 20 km east of Bosra. Here you find:
1)-Remains of a citadel built by Nabateans on a volcanic hill; it was renovated by the Ayoubites and Mamluks who added watch-towers to the original building.
2)-The minaret of an Ayoubite mosque in the town square.
3)- An Ayoubite tomb with stones inscribed with Arabic lettering.

Hope you enjoy reading this page, which includes information and pictures for amazing places, and I'm really advising everyone to come and visit.


Situated some 90 kilometres south-east of Damascus, it is well-known for its plentiful vineyards. It stands 1100 metres above sea-level, and was known by the name of Suwada (little black town) in the Nabatean period, because it was built with black volcanic stone. The Romans, in the 3rd century, considered it one of the most important towns in the Province of Arabia and called it Dionysus.

Ancient Civilizations.

Ruins of ancient civilizations are numerous but widely scattered; some of the most notable of these, along with a collection of exquisite mosaics discovered in 1962, are now housed in the Sweida Museum. One part of this mosaic collection represents Artemis, goddess of chastity and the hunt, surrounded by her nymphs when she is surprised by a hunter while bathing. This fine roman work dates back to the sixth century. Another scene portrays the birth of Venus and the wedding of Thetis. Statues carved in hard basalt show signs of a mixture of Nabatean, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Arab influences.

  • Last visit to As Suwayda': May 2003
  • Intro Updated Aug 12, 2003
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  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2005 at 10:17 AM

    I must go to Suweida and Shaba on my next trip to Syria - I want to see the mosaics there. Good tips and photos here. Thank you. Leyle

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Mar 18, 2005 at 1:19 PM

    Very interesting destination, I see. Qanawat, Temple of the Sun God and the museum sound very interesting, simply a must!

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2005 at 5:04 PM

    Lots of interesting information presented in a straightforward way. Some wonderful photos to match. Loved the Mosaic panels and so much emphasis on mythology, which I taught in high school for years. Thanks ever so much for sharing delightful Suwayda.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2004 at 1:32 AM

    Zombie Zombie Zombie ei ei ei oh oh oh oh oh eia ya ya ya aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! Great page!

  • Jul 31, 2004 at 12:58 PM

    Good to see you're back to life ;-) Interesting place, full of history.

  • l_joo's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2004 at 8:16 AM

    Hi Rami, keep up your good work.

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    Feb 29, 2004 at 4:37 AM

    Hope, i would be there one day

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Nov 7, 2003 at 9:33 PM

    Never heard of the place, very interesting

  • city_guy's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2003 at 2:49 AM

    Thanks for dropping by. I must say, you have some great info and pictures about Syria. ☺

  • herzog63's Profile Photo
    Sep 14, 2003 at 11:16 PM

    So many awesome sights in Syria!! As Suwayda' doesn't dissapoint me!! Fantastic! The old machines are cool too...but very hard work!!


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