Qasr Al-Hayr Al-Sharqi

Qasr Al-Hayr Al-Sharqi

Qasr al-Hayr al-Sharqi is a fortified palace in the middle of the Syrian Desert. It was built by the Umayyad caliph Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik in 728-729 AD. It was apparently used as a military and hunting outpost. The palace is the counterpart of Qasr al-Hayr al-Gharbi, a nearby castle palace built one year earlier.

Site Information

Country: Syria

District: Homs Governorate

Category: Castles and Fortresses

Site History: 8th Century AD

Oldest Culture: Islamic

Later Cultures: Islamic

Site Features: Islamic Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Official Name: A desert castle: Qasr al-Hayr ach-Charqi

Date of Submission: 1999

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