Qalaat Jaabr قلعة جعبر

Perhaps the most striking aspect of this Islamic fortified site is its location, today perched on an island connected to the north bank of the Euphrates Lake by a bridge. Not much remains of the castle’s interior beyond the round minaret from its mosque, but the circuit walls clearly show the typical fortified plan of the […]

Maarat al-Numan معرة النعمان

Maarat al-Numan, 73 kms south of Aleppo on the highway to Hama and Damascus, is a town of classical origins (Megara) which came to greater prominence as one of the important points fortified by the Muslim forces against the Crusaders. Its small fortress became one of the strongpoints on the Muslim side of the line […]