Qasr Azraq

Interior: Arches in Northeast Corner of Castle, Facing Northwest

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Qasr Al-Azraq


original structure ca. 4th century CE, rebuilt 1237 CE


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Latitude: 31.880438888900
Longitude: 36.827727777800


The Romans built a stone structure using the local basalt stone that formed a basis for later constructions on the site, a structure used by the Byzantine and Umayyad empires. The castle underwent its final major stage of building in 1237 CE, when 'Izz ad-Din Aybak, an emir of the Ayyubids, redesigned and fortified it. The fortress in its present form dates to this period.


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March 15, 2016