A sprawling agricultural village on the fertile Hauran plain, slightly off the Damascus-Dara'a road, Izra'as only claims to the visitors attention are its two churches, dating from the 4th and 5th centuries.
They are friendly laughing people in Izra'a (Catholics for the most part), and willingly guide the visitor to the northern part of the village where a large, isolated building stands. It is built on a square plan, its facades are austere and it is surmounted by an incongruous metallic dome. This church, built in 410 on the site of a pagan temple, is one of the earliest examples of a basilica with a central dome supported by an internal octagon. The proportions are good and it would be an impressive were it not so neglected. Orthodox church is, moreover, said to contain the tomb of St. George, a saint venerated throughout the East by Christians as well as Muslims.
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