Qalaat Ibn Maan, Palmyra, Syria.
Castle floating in a sand storm sky.
Perched on the highest hill overlooking Palmrya and the oasis is the castle of Fakhr ud-Din ibn Ma'ani. The castle was probably built in the 13th century by the Mamelukes. Although by then the city of Palmyra had long since declined, this was a key strategic position on the trading routes and guarded a reliable water supply, making it well worth defending. The castle takes its name from a Druze emir who 'liberated' much of Lebanon and Syria from Ottoman rule in the first half of the 17th century.
Qalaat Ibn Maan.