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Qalat Jaber

Qalat Jaber

near Raqqa

Dramatically situated on Lake Assad, this fortress was briefly taken by the Crusaders in 1104 before falling to Atabeg Zengi, who was killed outside the palace walls during a fight with a ‘Frankish eunuch’....I wonder if this is his epitaph? His son Nur ed-Din rebuilt the castle in 1168 and it remained in Arab hands until the Mongol raids of the 13th century. The castle, which has been restored by the Ministry of Antiquities, is built of brick above the rockface very much in the traditional Mesopotamian style that is evident in other buildings in this part of Syria. The flooding of the area after the building of the al-Thawra dam has given the castle an even more impressive location than it had before