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Qanawat

QANAWAT

Founded in the first century BC,  Qanawat was  the subject of  struggle between Anthony and Herod the Great ,  the first wishing to restore the area to Cleopatra kingdom. Christianity flourished in the 4th and 5th centuries and it became  the  seat of  a bishop.  The visit includes  what is  popularly  called "Seraya" including  2 buildings  grouped  around  an atrium.  These  buildings were  re-orientated to be  adapted  to the Christian worship  where the altar is in  the  eastern  part of   the  church.   Visitors  will  admire  the  stonework decoration made in classical masonry.

  Some of the most notable ruins of Qanawat  include  a Roman  bridge and a theater hewn entirely from rock.  The theater  has nine rows of seats and an orchestra pit  whose diameter measures  62 feet.  Other sites  that must not be missed are  an aqueduct ,  a nymphaeum ( a monument  dedicated to the nymphs),  a large pro style temple featuring  a portico and colonnades, and a peripheral temple with a magnificent double colonnade consecrated to Helios, the sun god.  Perhaps  the most  remarkable  sight to  see in  Qanawat is Es-Serai, a monument that dates back to around the 2nd century AD.

The monument was originally a temple but was converted into a Christian basilica in the 4th and 5th centuries.

 

El-Serai  is  around  72 feet  long and had  an atrium with  18 columns and an outside portico.

Qanawat also has other temples dedicated to the god of water and to Athena Al Lat, which date back to the 3rd and 2nd centuries respectively.

Apart from these monuments mentioned above,  the city also features several Roman and Byzantine tombs as well as public baths.

 
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