Quick Facts on Dura Europos
Description of Dura Europos
The mostly mud-brick architecture of Dura Europos is not as impressive as the monumental ruins of Palmyra, but the extensive remains of walls and siegeworks combined with precipitous views over the green valley of the Euphrates make for a striking sight. And arguably, Dura surpasses Palmyra in historical importance.
Three of the covered homes in Dura Europos had been converted for use as religious buildings. One had become a Mithraeum, dedicated to the worship of the god Mithras, who was popular with Roman soldiers. Another had undergone structural modifications to become a Jewish synagogue. The third home had been converted to a Christian church. The synagogue and church are the oldest that have been found anywhere, and are also remarkable in that they were built very close to each other at virtually the same time.
October 29, 2011
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