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Our thematic selections : Citadels of the Arab world

Ksar, bordj, casbah, kalaa, krak: in the Arab world, all these terms refer to fortified sites, whether built of stone or mud.

They protected prestigious sites as well as humble oases, were located atop mountain peaks or on plains, standing as sentinels to an ancient past and a lifestyle that has only recently disappeared.

These multiform fortresses, from the Krak des Chevaliers to the Alcázar of Toledo, from Bahrain to Rabat, the citadels of Yemen to the ksour of the Sahara, are fascinating vestiges of battles and architectural marvels by the people of these lands.

This selection is just a taste of the AWI's rich heritage.

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RDV de l'Histoire du monde arabe (2015) - Palais et citadelle : rapports entre le siège du pouvoir et la ville
  • Sylvie DENOIX, José ANTONIO GONZALZ ALCANTUD, Gabriel MARTINEZ-GROS.
  • 2015
  • Videos
La vue sur l' entrée du Château de Saône.
  • CATELOY Fabrice
  • SYRIE , Sahyoun, Château de Saône
  • 2001
  • Photography
Sur les contreforts du Moqattam, la Citadelle de Salah Eddin et la mosquée Mehemet Ali, d' inspiration ottomane, édifiée entre 1824 et 1848.
  • KHOURY Ayman
  • EGYPTE , Le Caire
  • 1998
  • Photography
Le cimetière de Bab el Mahrouk et au fond le Borj nord, Musée des Armes à Fès.
  • BELMENOUAR Hamid
  • MAROC , Fès
  • 2003
  • Photography
Le mur d' enceinte du palais de Qasr al Hayr al Charqi.
  • CATELOY Fabrice
  • SYRIE , Qasr al Hayr al Charqi
  • 2001
  • Photography
Bastion et courtine de la muraille de Borj el Kébir donnant sur la façade maritime, kasbah des Oudaïa à Rabat.
  • BELMENOUAR Hamid
  • MAROC , Rabat
  • 2003
  • Photography
Le site de la ville de Taiz au pied du Djebel Saber et la forteresse au sommet d'un piton rocheux.
  • DANOVA Nora
  • YEMEN , Taiz, Djebel Saber
  • 1998
  • Photography
La citadelle d' Alep.
  • CATELOY Fabrice
  • SYRIE , Alep
  • 2001
  • Photography
L' entrée et la rampe d' accès à la citadelle, Alep.
  • FONTAINE Hugues
  • SYRIE , Alep
  • 2002
  • Photography
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