View of Doorways from Courtyard into Assembly Hall

YUAG, Dura-Europos Collection, negative number dura-fII24~01

The synagogue underwent substantial renovations during its final phase in the 240s, shortly before the building was filled in with earth to create the defensive rampart along Dura’s western wall. The final phase included a colonnaded courtyard that functioned as an entrance to the large assembly hall decorated with painted panels and ceiling tiles: the two doorways leading from the courtyard into the assembly hall are visible in this photograph. The panels on the hall’s west wall under the corrugated metal roof are in the process of being removed; the ones on the south wall have already been.