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Medieval Era Archaeological Sites

Crusader Era Sites in Greater Syria

Qalaat Sukara

Pottery sherds on the surface of this castle are typical of the Ayyubid Period. Probably constructed during the reign of Nur al-Din (1146 to 1174) or by an earlier Seljuk ruler. The castle guards a pass within the Jebel Abdel Aziz mountains.

Castle closeup

Castle from a distance

GPS information:

1. Tower on South wall

North 36o 25.622' and East 040o 23.911'

Approximate elevation of 2161 ft.

 

2. Tower on southwest corner of castle

North 36o 25.620' and East 040o 23.884'

Approximate elevation of 2148 ft.

 

3. Tower on Northwest corner of castle

North 36o 25.629' and East 040o 23.879'

Approximate elevation of 2150 ft.

 

4. Low tower along north wall of castle

North 36o 25.648' and East 040o 23.904'

Approximate elevation of 2144 ft.

 

5. Low tower along north wall of castle

North 36o 25.653' and East 040o 23.917'

Approximate elevation of 2145 ft.

 

7. Low tower on the northwest corner of castdle

North 36o 25.659' and East 040o23.943'

Approximate elevation of 2145 ft.

 

8. Eastern most tower of castle

North 36o 25.648' and East 040o 23.980'

Approximate elevation of 2150 ft.

 

9. Cistern in northeast quarter of castle

North 36o 25.644' and East 040o 23.954'

Approximate elevation of 2148 ft.

 

10. Cistern in southeast quarter of castle

North 36o 25.635' and East 040o 23.956'

Approximate elevation of 2048 ft.

 

11. Along the south wall of castle

North 36o 25.633' and East 040o 23.947'

Approximate elevation of 2163 ft.