The trip to Bosra and the Amphitheatre at Bosra

Trip Start Jul 03, 2007
Trip End ??? ??, 2009

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Monday, August 13, 2007

Our day trip to Bosra was amazing!

We visited a few small towns on the way south. In one town called Shahba, (or Phillipa)we saw some fabulous mosaics. This village houses some ruins from the year 244. Syria gave an Emperor to Rome and his name was Phillip the Arab. There is a wonderful small amphitheatre where locals viewed the beloved blood sports. I visited an artisan who offered me my first desert coffee. It was delicious and as he tried to sell me a fabulous mosaic for only 100 Euros, I staggered around his shop! The cardamon in the desert coffee brewed all day long made me quite woozy for about 15 min. This stuff kicks the crap out of Turkish coffee! (And explains why Bruce drinks Chai!)

The Amphitheatre at Bosra was a total shock to me! The city was only recently excavated in the 1950's. Imagine, the whole city was under sand until recently although the city itself has a rich past. The amphitheatre is so well preserved that after 15 centuries of silence it is now again used as a performance space! Thank goodness for the Directorate of Antiquities of Syria!
I warbled a little tune myself while at the centre to the utter horror of the kids! The acoustics are fabulous! The reason for the fabulous preservation of the amphitheatre is that is is made of mostly basalt. There are marlbe columns in front of the stage, incredibly preserved!

The festival of Bosra will be happening very soon. We only had the opportunity to view the theatre but there is much more in the town to see. The kids were beat by the heat and we did stay to visit a cafe called "1000 and One Night". It was in the shade and we had hoped to revive the kids with Pepsi but it was not to be.
There is much more to see here so another visit will be happening. Perhaps we can go during the festival, late in the afternoon when we can also attend a musical event in the cool of the evening along with the 15,000 others who can be seated!

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