Around 150 kilometres south of the Syrian capital of Damascus, and located amid the fertile Nuqra Plains, lie the ruins of Bosra. The rural atmosphere of the surrounding landscape can also be felt within the ancient city, as sheep and goats graze between the ruins that back to various epochs.
The Bahira Basilica is a legendary place. According to legend, it was here that the monk, Sergius, introduced the Prophet Mohammed to Christianity and described to him his divine mission.
Both architectural and historical examples of the Roman Empire, such as the Southern Thermes, still cover large areas of the ancient city. The well-preserved remains of Bosra’s 2nd century Well House, the Nymphäum, still provides a good insight into the fine setting given to it by the Romans.
A 900 metre long street was once the main axis of the city that, at its zenith, had around 80,000 inhabitants. Today, the ancient metropolis has a population of around 1000 and they earn their living from tourism, agriculture and livestock.
Its unique combination of numerous historic and cultural epochs continues to make this Syrian city a most worthwhile and fascinating destination.
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