Monthly Archives: June 2007
The castle is found on 3 km from the coast of Mediterranean sea. The Arabic naming is equal to “Castle of the watchtower”.
Marqab castle is founded in 1062 by the Arabs it was then seized by the Byzantines then someway passed into the hands of the principality of Antioch. It was then sold to the Hospitallers in 1186 and was reconstructed to the latest Frankish military standards of architecture and used by the crusaders until it fell into the hands of Sultan Qalaun in 1285.
The most important looks and features of this fortification are the keep and the church. The encircling keep is a massive tower of power, and at a diameter of about 29 meters and walls of 5 meters thick it is quite distinctive of 12th century Hospitallers job. From the top fabulous views of the mountains and the coast can be seen, let alone the pleasing to the eye view of the Mediterranean. The church, also built in the 12th century is a wonderful example of Gothic art, with touches of Romanesque.
Ruweiha is one of the byzantine remnants let under open sky in Idlib district, Syria. The living of current population within the ruins is a problem, which is to be asked. It is damaging for the historical value of the country’s past.
In the pictures, there is a church, a pagan temple, and other homes, villas and hostels.
The ancient church of Der Salib is standing somehow today after centuries of being built. South-west of Hama by 40 km, facing to the West Syrian Mountains Chain. Visible still the beautiful columnar structures, the altar, some arches of the entrance, and a baptistry.
There is a village by the same name, which helped the church from being fallen into oblivion, because this worthy site is not listed in touristic publications in Syria. I got the info from http://www.hama.ws site Hama city official site.