Photographer's Note

To celebrate one year since joining TE I have chosen to post this view from the ancient city of Bosra.

The city is distinctive as it is built from the local black basalt which gives it a very different appearance from the other cities we visited, for example Apamea and Palmyra. The city was originally laid out by the Hellenists and was later occupied by the Nabateans, who took it over as their capital instead of Petra, and later still the Romans, who made it the capital of the province of Arabia. The city became a major trading centre on the road from Damascus to Aqaba and by the end of the second century was so wealthy that it even minted its own coinage.

Remarkably, more than two thousand years on, the city is still inhabited, the Roman buildings being roughly adapted for the present dwellers. It was hard to tell whether anyone was living behind the green door…

This is one of my own favourites from the shots I took on my trip around Syria and Jordan. I hope you enjoy it too.

Song title: “Green Door” by Shakin’ Stevens

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Additional Photos by Susanna Leon (sleon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 724 W: 76 N: 2025] (9402)
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