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Medieval Era Archaeological Sites

Crusader Era Sites in Greater Syria

Qalaat Abu Qbeis / Bokebeis (Crusader)

We visited this site on 23 July 2000 with Saji Qorqmaz.

 

999 Utilized by Byzantine troops during time of Emperor Basil II

1133 held by Ibn Amrun, a local Arab prince

ca. 1140 Castle purchased by Assassins from Ibn Amrun

 

Abu Qbeis from a distance

Windows at several levels

Donjon

Rosette designs on a stone in the ruins

Walls being examinated by Professor Michael Fuller

Amira Fuller dressed to explore the castle

David Hanlon (SLCC) photographing a tower

Outer tower of the castle

Tower from the ground level

David Hanlon BW fine art photograph of towers

 

GPS Information for Qalaat Qbeis

1. Qbeis Tower 1 in Southwest corner

North 035o 14.101' and East 036o 19.822

Approximate elevation of 2224 ft.

 

2. Qbeis Tower 2 along west wall

North 035o 14.112' and East 036o 19.825'

Approximately elevation of 2218 ft.

 

3. Qbeis Tower 3 at northwest corner

North 035o 14.132' and East 036o 19.833'

Approximate elevation of 2241 ft.

 

4. Qbeis Tower 4 at northeast corner

North 035o 14.140' and East 036o 19.865'

Approximate elevation of 2181 ft.

 

5. Qbeis Tower 5 along the east wall

North 035o 14.125' and East 036o 19.879'

Approximate elevation of 2164 ft.

 

6. Qbeis Tower 6 along the east wall

North 035o 14.121' and East 036o 19.873'

Approximate elevation of 2204 ft.

 

7. Qbeis Tower 7

North 035o 14.100' and East 036o 19.873'

Approximate elevation of 2221 ft.

 

8. Qbeis excavated/looted room along west wall

North 035o 14.134' and East 036o 19.854'

Approximate elevation of 2218 ft.

 

9. Gate to the castle of Qbeis along north wall near tower 4

North 035o 14.146' and East 036o 19.885'

Approximate elevation of 2074 ft

 

10. Qbeis North Tower of donjon

North 035o 14.125' and East 036o 19.855'

Approximate elevation of 2268 ft.

 

11. Qbeis South Tower of donjon

North 35o 14.103' and East 036o 19.843'

Approximate elevation of 2255 ft.

 

12. Qbeis wall collapse (gate?) north edge

N 035o 14.099' and East 036o 19.867'

Elevation of 2245 ft.

 

13. Qbeis wall collapse (gate?) south edge

North 035o 14.100' and East 036o 19.873'

Approximate elevation of 2218 ft.

 

14. Qbeis Rosette design in donjon

North 035o 14.122' and East 036o 19.832'

Approximately elevation of 2285 ft.