Syria is a treasure trove of history, and Bosra [Busra] is no exception. This ancient city, located in the southern part of the country, boasts a wealth of architectural wonders and archaeological sites. Many of our Syria tours include a trip to Bosra – visiting the remarkably well-preserved Roman Amphitheatre and the old center of the city, where you’ll find stunning examples of early Christian architecture. Despite the current political challenges, Bosra’s beauty and history continue to captivate and CultureRoad was the first tour company to visit in recent times. This is why it’s on our list of Six highlights of travelling to Syria.
Bosra Today: Overcoming the Challenges
The ongoing political situation in Syria has left a significant impact on the country’s tourism industry. However, Bosra remains a hidden gem waiting to be rediscovered. While the city has faced its share of challenges, efforts have been made to preserve its rich cultural heritage and maintain its historical sites.
Arrival in Bosra: Gateway to the Past
As you drive the 90min into Bosra from Damascus, you’ll immediately feel the city’s ancient atmosphere. Once a major stopover on the caravan routes, Bosra has a rich history that spans centuries. Upon arrival, we’ll head straight to the city’s crowning jewel – the Roman Amphitheatre.
Roman Amphitheatre: A Timeless Spectacle
The Bosra Roman Amphitheatre is a testament to the grandeur of the Roman Empire. With a length of 45 meters and a depth of 8.5 meters, this magnificent structure is remarkably well preserved. As you walk through the ancient theatre, you can almost hear the echoes of past performances and imagine the excitement of the spectators who once filled its seats.
Exploring the Old Center of Bosra: A Walk Through History
After marveling at the Roman Amphitheatre, we’ll continue our journey through Bosra’s historic old center. Here, you’ll find an array of stunning architectural gems, including the beautiful cathedral and the basilica.
The Al-Omari Mosque, originally built as a cathedral, showcases the fascinating blend of Roman, Byzantine, and early Islamic architecture. As you explore the mosque, take note of the beautiful details and the rich history that each stone tells.
Just a short walk away, you’ll discover the ruins of the Basilica of St. Sergius, a prime example of early Christian architecture in Syria. As you wander through the remains of the basilica, imagine the religious ceremonies that took place here centuries ago.
A day trip to Bosra is a journey through time that will leave you with unforgettable memories. Join us as we uncover the secrets of this remarkable city, and experience the magic of Bosra for yourself on our next group tour, or your own individual adventure.