There has been a fortification on this hilltop overlooking an ancient crossing point of the Euphrates since at least the 11th century. Prominant on the skyline is a minaret dating from the 12th century reconstruction of the fortress by Nur ad-Din Zangi.
Following the flooding of the area by the reservoir formed behind the Tabqa Dam ( Lake Assad ), the site is now something of an island, accessed by causeway, some 15km by road from the north side of the Dam.
View of the approach to the fortress from the east. The crop is cotton.
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