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Qasr ibn Wardan

Qasr ibn Wardan

Qasr ibn Wardan

Built in 564AD under Justinian, this fort/palace/church located on the western edge of the Syrian desert was one of many built to defend the empire against the Persian threat to the East and possibly also to control the local Bedouin tribes. Its horizontal bands of black basalt and yellow brick combine to create a surprisingly elegant building seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

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