Daraa The land of grass and miracles

Daraa the place where you can spend your time without having any fears of pollution or noise

It is a governorate of ruins and history, the place that the Romans had chosen to be their paradise their place of fun and leadership.

Daraa is about 100 Km to the south of Damascus, it is a border governorate, it had witnessed the main core of the revolution against the French colonialism in Hawran, it was considered as the main strategic store of food and industrial products for the Ottomans during their big wars.

Daraa is a Canaanite name; Thutmose III ((1490-1436)) has mentioned it and wrote it on the walls in the hieroglyphics language as (Otaraa), while the old bible has mentioned it as (Adre’e). Arab geographers have written its name as (Azreaat). The people of Daraa are Syrians by birth, and they have relatives in Jordan and gulf countries. Daraa has a huge heritage of ancient places, man-made caves, ancient dwellings, ancient Roman Amphitheater, the remains of the Roman Bathes and many others.

The cities of Daraa are all great and most of them have the historical imprint or the amazing nature and atmosphere.

Visiting Daraa will be the most unforgettable adventure you might ever have, once a rumor said that a man in Daraa has discovered the main home treasury of the Roman Empire, he told the authorities about the astronomical figures of the gold discovery but no one believed him, actually he discovered the beigest amount of gold that anyone could discover in one place ever.

Talking about Daraa is talking about the beauty of the nature and the greatness of the history. Both are great and worth a visit.

Daraa has many cities and villages you should visit once in a life time such as:

Assanamain city

Assanamain is located 50 Km to the south of Daraa city on the old Damascus-Daraa road, it is located between four main cities, Damascus, Hawran, Golan, and AL-lajat. Assanamain means the two fetishes due to the Fetishes that used to be at the main gate of the city. Assanamain has many archeological sites such as the Napatean temple, the Romanian tunnels, the byzantine antiques, and the historical mosque that was built under the authority of Al Khaleefa Omar Ibn Al-Khattab.

The archeological site of Tal El Harra

Tal El Harra is located to the north of Al-Harra city. It is an archeological site that contains many Roman tunnels, man-made caves, and many archeological houses worth photographing.

 The archeological site Jassem

Jassem site is located 44 km to the north of Ezrra’a city. It contains many Byzantine ruins, a monastery and very old hoses.

  The archeological site of Bab Al Hawa

The entrance of this was built during the second century, it is related to the old wall. The entrance is covered with basaltic stones with a wide arc over it.

The market: this site is a market. a very old market, it is 106 m long , 5 m wide, and 4m high, with 34 windows to light the space using sun shine , it ends with 6 huge doors. It is 19 centuries old.

Al-Ashaa’ary Valley

The name of the city is attributed to the Islamic leader Abo Mousa Al asha’ary . it has an archeological hill that full of multi ages discoveries , the archeological peaces , that have been discovered there, are so old some of them are made of granite which had been used during the prehistory periods.

Bozrah (Bosra)

Bosra has been declared a World heritage site by UNESCO. References to the beginning of this city can be found in documents from 14th century BC. The importance of the history of Bosra, Syria increased due to the fact that the first Nabatean city in the 2nd century BC. Here is some interesting information about Bosra, Syria. Originally a Nabataean city ruled by the emperor Trajan Bosra Roman and made the capital of the Roman province of Arabia. He served as the key to the eastern Roman fort Jordan. The city is finally reaching the title of “metropolis” under the Roman emperor Philip, who is a native of the city. Bosra became a Christian bishopric in the early 4th century and the ruins of two early churches can still be seen today. This city fell to the Muslims in 634/635; the ruins of ancient mosques can be seen from the period this because it lies at the crossroads of trade routes, Bosra is a stopover point for Muslim pilgrims heading to Mecca and Medina. Crusaders captured Bosra in the 12th century but failed to arrest him. The monumental remains of temples, theaters, victory arches, aqueducts, dams, churches, mosques and carpet of the 13th century castle in a modern site. The famous because reasons Bosra Roman theater built in the 2nd century AD and can seat up to 15,000 people. The stage is 45 meters and eight meters wide. In its heyday, the theater faced with marble and covered with silk curtains, and during the performance of fine mist sprayed perfumed water on the customers so they feel comfortable in the heart of the desert. A large area in front of the stage may have been used for a circus or a show of gladiators. A fort built around the theater during the Omayyad and Abbasid period, which accounts for a very good state of preservation. Unlike other Roman theater, built into a hill, the theater was standing Bosra.

Bosra amphitheater

It is really big – it can seat 15 000 people. it is made of the hard basalt stone, so the color is very unusual and it remained in a very good state. To have the best visit ever you should make a circle around the old city before entering the amphitheatre. Don’t forget to watch the impressive outside walls of the fortress. Don’t rush into the amphitheatre take your time walking in the dark corridors then you find yourself at the top. Relax and watch the full view from over there.

In those times, it could accommodate 15,000 people. The roof of the stage was made of wood, while the rest was covered by silk. Even more incredible, during performances the spectators were treated to a spray of perfumed water. Try to attend such a performance, to see the theatre as the Romans did, Every now and then, you will discover a Roman game engraved into the seats, apparently there were long waits or people were bored by some performances. Little could they have known how their theatre would have looked some 2,000 years later, and how breathtaking just visiting the Bosra Amphitheatre would be for you.


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