Citadel of Damascus

Citadel of Damascus

Citadel of Damascus is a large medieval fortified palace and citadel located in Damascus, Syria. It was originally built as a fortification in 1076 AD by the Turkman warlord Atsiz bin Uvak. The project was later finished by the Seljuq ruler Tutush I. Saladin's brother Al-Adil rebuilt the citadel completely between 1203-1216 AD in response to the development of the counterweight trebuchet. The citadel was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979 as part of Ancient City of Damascus.

Site Information

Country: Syria

District: Damascus Governorate

Category: Castles and Fortresses

Site History: 11th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Islamic

Later Cultures: Islamic

Site Features: Islamic Monuments


World Heritage Site

Part of: Ancient City of Damascus

Date of Inscription: 1979

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