Meghara
مغارة

Meghara (مغارة) is the site of several well preserved Roman tombs located on the outskirts of a modern village. The tombs were particularly rich in statuary and painted decoration, some of which is still visible today. One tomb has an elaborate external facade, but the others are more austere on the exterior with far more detail within the burial chambers.

 

Getting There: The site is most easily reached from Ariha (آريحا), which has regular public transportation to Aleppo (حلب) as well as other major towns in the area such as Idleb (إدلب) and Maarat al-Naaman (معرة النعمان). From Ariha (آريحا) find a microbus traveling to either the town of Ahsem (احسم) or al-Bara (البارة). Ask to be dropped off in the village of Marayan (مرعيان), which is about two and a half kilometers before Ahsem (احسم). The remaining distance of two and a half kilometers to Meghara (مغارة) would need to be covered on foot from here, though passing motorists would likely give you a ride. The road to Meghara (مغارة) heads east from Marayan (مرعيان). The tombs are located to the east of the modern village.

Coordinates: 35°44’03.43″N / 36°35’12.27″E

Transliteration Variants: Maghara, Meghareh, Maghareh

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