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(Masad) .. Stunning nature mixed with the past and the present


Sweida-Sana is characterized by a village


The village of Masad, which sits on a hill to the southeast of the city of As-Suwayda, is characterized by its stunning nature, fresh air, magnificent views of its surroundings and its effects dating back to different eras and its houses where the past and present blend.

As for the name “Masad”, it is linguistically meaning the high plateau and the summit of the mountain.

Director of Tourism of the endosperm expresses Arbain Ben in a statement to the SANA (Tourism and Society) that "Masad", which is away from the city of endosperm about three kilometers combines the atmosphere of the countryside and the city at the same time, where the old houses built of basalt stones are identical with modern urban development pointing to Masad is considered one of the first villages that lived in Jabal Al Arab and was visited by the German traveler “Zetzen” in 1805.

Al-Arbeed pointed out that “Masad” includes many archaeological monuments that tell the story of the civilizations that have progressed to the region, most notably a Roman Nabataean temple in the middle of the village. Some of its artifacts were transferred to the National Museum in Sweida, in addition to another temple located at the foot of Tal Masad or “Red Hill”. Some of his archaeological gatherings were also transferred to the museum.

Al-Arbeed stated that Tal Ahmar, which is located to the east of the village near the back of the mountain tourist area and rises about 1500 meters from the sea, combines the past and the beauty of nature and is characterized by its fresh air and wonderful views of the city of Sweida, which made it a destination for many visitors.

The hillsides cover oak and oak forest trees as well as apple orchards and vineyards, which together with its red clay soils and black volcanic rocks form a unique palette of charm and beauty.

The village of “Masad” still preserves some of the old traditional handicrafts such as “straw” and a traditional mill.

It is noteworthy that the national archaeological excavations found in the "red hill" many discoveries, most notably a large altar carved from basalt dating back to the pre-Roman period was placed on the head of an eagle and a beautiful decorative monument bearing a Greek inscription dedicated to one of the children of the endosperm to the temple It dates back to the Nabataean period and was erected on the ruins of an older temple dating back to the Hellenistic period.

Three medium-to-small altars carved with volcanic rock were also found in one of the caves, as well as the floors of the Islamic period in the northern cave within the site, the remains of a stone cemetery and several stone steps carved with natural rock, some of which were shown during Exploration.

Suhail Hatoum

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Source: sena

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