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SHAYZAR CASTLE

SHAYZAR CASTLE
Shayzar, Syria
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BACKGROUND

Built along the banks of the Orontes River just northwest of Hama, the Syrian town of Shayzar was, for much of its history, a strategic prize for the Muslim and Christian forces who battled for control of the region at the turn of the first millennium. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

Due to general neglect, geological instability, and adverse exposure to winds and vegetation overgrowth, Shayzar Castle was in a state of advanced disrepair when WMF placed the citadel on the 2006 Watch list. Beginning in 2007, a team of conservators worked to address systemic problems with the building’s engineering and upkeep, and to secure its stability. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

Already an immensely beautiful and historically significant site, Shayzar Castle has become an increasingly prominent national monument and a popular regional destination in the years since WMF’s intervention. (...)