The main historical symbol of the Syrian city of Bosra is an ancient amphitheater, which was built in the 2nd century AD. The ancient amphitheater, designed for 15000 spectators, was built from black basalt, the most common building material for these places. The ancient arena, like many other similar structures, is distinguished by its unique acoustics. Despite its greatness, 200 years after the construction, the amphitheater began to lose its primary importance.
In the 5th century it was supplemented by a number of fortification structures. Powerful fortress walls were built, the construction was surrounded by a deep moat. From an architectural point of view, the amphitheater in Bosra is a rather unusual building. Unlike many Roman amphitheaters, it was built not on the mountainside, but apart. For several years, the ancient theater has been a permanent venue for the Folklore Festival, and in one of its restored towers an interesting museum dedicated to national culture was opened.
Tourists, who want to visit the most important cultural event in the amphitheater, are to travel to the ancient Syrian city in September. Those who visit the city at other times can participate in an exciting excursion. Trips from Damascus to Bosra are very popular. Near the amphitheater is a lot of interesting ancient monuments, including renovated Roman thermal baths, as well as ancient mosques. Next - Amphitheater in Arles
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