The Island of Arwad

The Island of Arwad

Arwad, Arados, Ruad Island, is the only inhabited island in Syria. The island was settled in the early 2nd millennium BC by the Phoenicians. During the later part of the 13th century the island of Ruad was used as a bridgehead or staging area by the Crusaders. It was the last piece of land that the Crusaders maintained in the region.

Site Information

Country: Syria

District: Tartus Governorate

Category: Historic Cities and Regions

Site History: Second Millennium BC

Oldest Culture: Phoenician

Later Cultures: Roman + Byzantine + Crusader + Islamic

Site Features: Mixed Monuments


UNESCO Tentative List

Official Name: The Island of Arwad

Date of Submission: 1999

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