This is the third in a 15-part series of pics from Syria.
First — Second — Third — Fourth — Fifth — Sixth — Seventh — Eighth — Ninth — Tenth — Eleventh — Twelfth — Thirteenth — Fourteenth — Fifteenth.
In the previous post of pics I mentioned riding ’round Old Bosra by horse drawn carriage …
Fr Timon gives instructions. See that guy with the white hat?
This one, with the bag in his hand? This is a salesman; he’s got souvenir and tour guide books for sale. (He also speaks very good English … and, ahem, accepts American dollars.)
The Roman ruins are massive. [Click the pic above to enlarge.]
As were the ancient churches and bath houses.
The remains of the Cathedral of Saints Sergius, Bacchus and Leontius — built in 513.
Facing toward the “altar” in the Basilica of Bahira …
Facing toward the altar in one of the newer churches …
Looking back toward the entrance. (Haa-yuge!)
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This is a cistern the Romans built to supply the city with water; it, too, is massive.
We stopped by a few churches in the area, and visited several homes. I mentioned this particular Salon in the podcast — where we sat on the floor, hosted by an older couple in very traditional dress.
On the road again. Next stop (very cool): A future monastery.
Podcast – “The Blindside” (in Syria); Article – Antiochian website