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Category: Castles , Local time: 06:46:40, Altitude: 533m,
Address: Salamiyah, Syria
Shmemis are ruins of an Arabic castle. Shmemis stands at the top of an extinct volcano called al-Ola Heights, 5 km from the city of Salamiyah, and approximately 30 km from Hama, in Syria
. Shmemis was established in the 1st century BC, during the reign of the Arab Emesan Dynasty. Most of its buildings were destroyed by an earthquake in 613 AD. In 1229, Shmemis was rebuilt, nevertheless in 1401 after a Tatar invasion, it was burned down. After the eviction of the Tatars from Syria
, it was reconstructed. Only the outer circular walls, the entrance gates, the towers and a deep moat around the castle survived. The towers of Shmemis are up to 9 m high, and they are placed at regular intervals of 5-6 m. The best preserved part of the castle is the entrance gate guarded by two towers in the northeastern part of the Shmemis . The gate leads to a small square courtyard with remains of the drainage system.
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:25:30 PM
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: 100 Attrractions
: library How is the building used now?
: hotel Was is ruler's property?
: Yes Current state
: well-preserved, ruined