Room 1 is an open courtyard with a colonnade along two sides, room 2 is the hall of assembly. The synagogue itself was originally a house, modified to look like the plan shown probably in the late second or early third century, and then altered again in AD 244 into a larger, grander building.
The building was excavated in 1932 and revealed some of the most spectacular frescoes I've ever seen. They have been on show in a specially built room in the Damascus National Museum - I don't know anything about their status or condition since the start of the uprising last year.
|The Dura Synagogue frescoes in the Damascus Museum|
|Moses found in the rushes|
And here is my (still quite amateurish) attempt to reproduce something similar - a Jewish house in Antiocheia Mikros. This is the first of four buildings that I am making to fit inside a 10x20cm footprint. It is 10cm across the front and 17cm in length. Depending on the set up of the town, that allows a 3cm wide alleyway running out the back.
When all four buildings are placed together - along with an equestrian statue mounted on an appropriated building block (cheers Young Hotspur) - you can start to see the streetscape taking shape.