Bosra (also spelled Bostra, Busrana, Bozrah, Bozra), officially known Busra al-Sham, is an ancient town in Syria. Due to being a major archaeological site, it has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The city had once had around 80.000 inhabitants.
As Syria is at war, Bosra has appeared on UNESCO's List of World Heritage in Danger since 2013. Portions of the Ancient City of Bosra were destroyed during combat on 22 December 2015. There is fear of further deterioration due to severe damage to the western courtyard adjacent to Bosra’s 2nd century Roman theatre and to parts of the Ayyubid citadel which surrounds it.
Heritage sites across Bosra have been damaged by the civil war.
- 1 Roman Theatre at Bosra. From 2nd century
- 2 Al-Omari Mosque. One of the oldest surviving mosques.
- 3 Kharaba Bridge.
- 4 Gemarrin Bridge.
- Ancient ruins in Palmyra were once a major attraction, but much has been destroyed by Da'esh in 2015. The site is a minefield and not safe for travel.