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Qanawat, Syria

Qanawat (Canals in Arabic) is a site of considerable interest 100 km south east of Damascus renown of its impressive and richly decorated monuments. Ancient Kanata or Kanatha was a city of great importance during the Roman period. In the year 6 BC, the Romans named it one of the Decapolis League of commercial cities of which Damascus was chief city.

This position of importance explains the abundance and richness of its ruins, which are among the most interesting in the whole Jabal Al-Arab region where it is.

Helios Temple Ruins

The location of Qanawat lends beauty to its remains; the village lies stretched along the crest of a hill and extends down the side of a valley full of trees, orchards, meadows and fields.

Of greatest interest to the visitor is a cluster of columns that were part of a 2nd century temple dedicated to the sun god Helios. Another temple of the same period dedicated to Zeus was built with richly decorated basalt. Of this temple there are only six columns left. And on the right side of the valley there are the remains of an Odeon.

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