Ancient City of Bosra

Ancient City of Bosra

Bosra (Arabic: بصرى‎ Buṣrā, also spelled Bostra, Busrana, Bozrah, Bozra and officially known Busra al-Sham Arabic: بصرى الشام‎) is a town in southern Syria, administratively belonging to the Daraa District of the Daraa Governorate. According to the Syria Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS), Bosra had a population of 19,683 in the 2004 census. It is the administrative center of the nahiyah (“subdistrict”) of Bosra which consisted of nine localities with a collective population of 33,839 in 2004. Bosra’s inhabitants are predominantly Sunni Muslims, although the town has a small Shia Muslim community.

Bosra has an ancient history and during the Roman era it was a prosperous provincial capital. It continued to be administratively important during the Islamic era, but became gradually less prominent during the Ottoman era. Today, it is a major archaeological site and has been declared by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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Bosra (Arabic: بصرى‎ Buṣrā, also spelled Bostra, Busrana, Bozrah, Bozra and officially known Busra al-Sham Arabic: بصرى الشام‎) is a town in southern Syria, administratively belonging to the Daraa District of the Daraa Governorate.

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