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Syria: the citadel of Jaabar regains its status as a tourist destination

In Syria, the citadel of Jaabar, a notorious Islamic building from the 11th century, has found peace and reopens its doors to tourists, who are increasingly numerous. After several years of conflict, this unique tourist destination is regaining its place in the country’s cultural heritage.

Turned into a military camp during the war, the Jaaber citadel now seems to be a haven of tranquility again. Located on a peninsula of Lake Assad, 50 kilometers from the city of Raqqa, this historic monument overlooks a landscape colored with blue. In recent months, tourists have taken a special interest in the citadel, as it is among the most famous structures in the country.

A place full of history and symbols

Families, locals and foreigners are rushing to discover (or rediscover) this building which dates back to the Seljuk and Mamluk periods. The building has indeed 35 bridges and an ancient mosque as well as a museum.

At the time of the conflict, residents were forbidden to visit, a time that seems far from reality today. Boat rides and picnics on the sandy shores of Lake Assad make the citadel the perfect place for a nature getaway. Music and leisure are the masters of these places, as a strong symbol for the return of calm.

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Published on 10 June 2022