"Nabataean Arch" Busra ash Sham Things to Do Tip by MM212
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The monumental Nabataean Arch of Bosra stands at the eastern end of the Via Sacra, or Decumanus Maximus, of the city. It was built in the 1st century AD when Bosra became the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom, to mark the beginning of the non-extant Acropolis of Bosra which lay beyond the arch. The Acropolis was the centre of Nabataean religion, whose rituals likely included processions along the length of the Via Sacra, passing through the arch and finally into the Acropolis. Although the arch may at first glance appear Roman, it is in fact completely Nabataean/Semitic in architecture, from the single high central arch, to the multiple "Syrian" niches in which statues may have been placed, and to the Nabataean column capitals on its fašade. Seen in abundance in Hegra (the Nabataean city in the Hijaz region of Arabia) and in Petra, these unusual column capitals are a signature feature of Nabataean architecture.
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