Qanawat Ruins


Qanawat Ruins
Originally uploaded by hovic.

Canatha (also Kanatha) was a city of the Decapolis in Roman Palestine. Canatha is to-day El-Qanawat; this village, north-east of Bostra, in the country of Syria, stands at a height of about 4100 feet, near a river and surrounded by woods. The magnificent ruins are 4800 feet in length and 2400 in breadth. Among them are a Roman bridge and a rock-hewn theatre, with nine tiers of seats and an orchestra fifty-seven feet in diameter, also a nymphaeum, an aqueduct, a large prostyle temple with portico and colonnades, and a peripteral temple preceded by a double colonnade. The monument known as Es-Serai dates from the fourth century and was originally a temple, afterwards a Christian basilica. It is seventy-two feet long, and was preceded by an outside portico and an atrium with eighteen columns.

Here is the region’s picturesque view.

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