Shahba, the second largest city in Jabal al-Arab.  It's the birth place of the Roman Emperor Philip the Arab. He built and Fashioned Shahba after Rome.  Present archeology is still finding glimpses of the past history of this important city

 

Shahba

 

The birth place of the Syrian Emperor Philip who ruled Rome from 244 to 249 AD, Shahba is located 87 KM south of Damascus

 

 

Shahba's Past

 

The huge baths are remarkable for their size and date back to the third century AD

 

 

The huge baths are remarkable for their size and date back to the third century AD

 

 

The museum of Shahba hosts a number of Mosaics and this 3.1m by 3.1m of Orpheus surrounded by animals

 

 

The museum of Shahba hosts a number of Mosaics and this 3.1m by 3.1m of Orpheus surrounded by animals

 

 

 

The head of Emperor Philip of which a replica was given to President Chirak by president Assad on his recent trip to France

 

 

 

The theater which is very well preserved and has its facade reaching 30m high and this theater is the last Roman theater to be built in the East

 

 

The theater which is very well preserved and has its facade reaching 30m high and this theater is the last Roman theater to be built in the East

 

 

The theater which is very well preserved and has its facade reaching 30m high and this theater is the last Roman theater to be built in the East

 

 

The temple erected in honor of Julius Marinus the father of Philip

 

 

The forum

 

 

The Market

 

 

The remains of the Palace

 

 Pictures courtesy of http://www.souria.com

Music Courtesy of al-Kindi Group, Classical and Spiritual Arabic Music



 

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