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Historical Facts

The Ghassanids

Cross Roads of Civilisations

The Ghassanids are Christian Arabs who had originally emigrated from southern Arabia, present day Yemen, and settled in the south and east of Syria in the 3rd century.

The Ghassanids forged an alliance with the Byzantines to defend the empire’s Syrian eastern borders against the Persians.



The Ghassanids built up and fortified this city on the eastern borders of the Byzantine Empire, 30km south west of the city of Raqqa today. Resafa became a very important centre for Christian pilgrimage during the Byzantine Period.