On the road to Bosra about 100kms from Damascus. In the distance the town of Suweida, the birthplace of singer, actor, composer and "King of the Oud", Farid al Atrashe.
Inside a small mosque, once a church, just outside Bosra.
Bosra, inside the remains of the cathedral. Justinian used the design of this church as his template for a cathedral he built years later in Istanbul.
Our driver Taisser looking at the minaret of the Fatima Mosque in the old town of Bosra.
Osama at the Nabatean Gate.
Looking through the Nabatean Gate, the only Nabatean gateway known outside Jordan. Archaeologists think there is an entire Nabatean palace still to be found.
At the Nabatean Gate. The Nabateans were the original builders of the town of Bosra and were the people who constructed Petra in Jordan. The Nabateans ruled this area until it was conquered by the Roman emporer Trajan.
Religious symbols on a door lintel in the cathedral.
Osama, who was our guide round Bosra and his firey steed Abu Leyl.
Inside the cathedral in Bosra dedicated to Sts. Sergius, Bacchus and Leontus. Years of neglect together with several earthquakes have led to the cathedral's current poor state of repair.
The cathedral at Bosra, open to the sky.
Unfortunately there has been some rather haphazard reconstruction.
Inside the remains of the cathedral.
Interior of the basilica at Bosra. Tradition has it that a Nestorian monk Bahira met the prophet Mohammad (pbuh) when the Prophet was around 12 years of age when the prophet was accompanying his uncle on a business trip with a a camel train. Nestorian foretold that the Prophet would have a great future.
Religious symbol in the basilica.
Interior of the basilica.
Part of the Bab al Hawa
Roman columns in Bosra
Repair work underway in Bosra.
Roman columns at Bosra.
The remains of the Roman baths.
The ruins at Bosra.
I guess this is what you do when you have Roman columns lying around the backyard.