"STRONG ROOTS" As Suwayda' by albateh
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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.
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.
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