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Wednesday, July 6

Qal'at Saladin

Named after the great hero Saladin in commemoration to the capture of the fortress in 1188 in what is noted as one of his most successful military campaigns. Qal’at Saladin is 52 KM. east of Latakia stands on a rocky mountainside with massive walls that rise high above the fork of two flowing streams creating a grandiose presence amongst the surrounding forested landscape. While the site was probably first settled during Phoenician times in the first millennium BC, the bulk of what survives today is from the early 12th century, Succeeding Ayyubid and Mamluk administrations developed a palace, mosque, baths, cistern and a madrasa in the heart of the site. The castle was previously known as Sahone Castle or Chateau Saone, but the name changed when Saladin took it.


  • heys... I love this citadel... i've been there like 10 times... everytime i get someone from abroad I feel like this is a must see for him!... I absolutly love it.. and the valley around it is breathtaking!

    By Blogger Yazan, at 7/7/05 8:17 PM  

  • Hi Ghalia,
    i liked the picture,it's nice to read something about our own history (from time to time)of course. Where did u get this information from ,coz maybe in the very very far future i'd like to read about it?

    By Anonymous Rama, at 7/7/05 8:20 PM  

  • let me tell you that..
    in my mind most of this citadel is just rocks and we have to through it away...

    By Blogger Linux Juggler, at 7/7/05 9:19 PM  

  • Linux, r u serious??

    By Blogger Ghalia, at 7/7/05 11:30 PM  

  • yes i am , more than what you think..

    By Blogger Linux Juggler, at 8/7/05 10:06 AM  

  • Hello all
    4 monthes ago I went with my friends in a little trip to a village near the castle,so we went to vist it but were so late so we founded it closed...any way the surrounding forest is a wonderful place ,we loved it,I'll try to post some pics of it in my blog

    By Blogger Omar, at 20/8/05 2:23 AM  

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