Citadel, Aleppo, Syria by Justine Chesterman

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The earliest remains that have been uncovered go back as far as the 10th century BC when the Neo Hittites raised a temple on this site.

It became a citadel under the Seleucids 4th-1st centuries BC and was used for residence and a fortress by Ghazi and also suffered from the Mongol invasions in 1269AD and 1400AD.

The sole entrance into the Citadel is through the south outer tower. This defended the stone arched bridge, which covered the 30 metre wide moat. The door is placed on a sidewall with a closed wall facing it to limit the space needed to ram the door down. Once inside, the corridor takes several 90 degree turns to slow down attackers. There are massive doors which were a formidable obstacle once closed. There is almost no light inside, with only a few holes in the ceiling, rays of sunlight shed some light into the dark corridors.

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Comments

  • Theodore Kemp
    Theodore Kempover 3 years ago

    beautiful shot…great contrast with the sky… !

  • Thanks Theodore

    – Justine Chesterman

  • Charmiene Maxwell-batten
    Charmiene Maxw...over 3 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Thank you Charmiene.

    – Justine Chesterman

  • Eyal Nahmias
    Eyal Nahmiasover 3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing with the Art of the Middle East group.

  • DeeZ (D L Honeycutt)
    DeeZ (D L Hone...almost 3 years ago

    EXCEPTIONAL!
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    Please add this award winning image to the DeeZ 5Cs Award Showcase Group HERE
    Thanks, DeeZ!

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