Bani Qahtan Castle (بني قحطان)


Location: 40 km from Lattakia Map

Found: 12th century


Description of Bani Qahtan Castle

Ruins of medieval Bani Qahtan Castle is situated 40 km from Lattakia in Syria. Bani Qahtan Castle was constructed in the 12th century. The castle was a stronghold of Ismaeli Arabs. In 1188 it was captured by legendary Muslim leader Salaheddin Al-Ayoubi. Much of the castle lies in ruins today. Parts of its walls and structures were broken to reuse to build local structures.



The first fortification built in it was by the Byzantines in the year 1030, then the Crusaders occupied it in the year 1111. Around the year 1131, the inhabitants of the mountains seized it, until Saladin seized it. Then the castle was neglected due to its lack of military importance, and some believe that it was the palace of a prince or a military commander, more From being a castle. Recently, the castle regained some of its importance, and the Ministry of Tourism took care of it, due to its tourist location near the Valley of the Kings. It is noted that there are some houses within the castle precincts, and the presence of agricultural activity on its lands, which caused the destruction of a large part of the castle.


Bani Qahtan Castle (village and summer resort)

A wonderful town and summer resort located near the Bani Qahtan Castle, from which the town gained its name. It belongs to the Harf al-Musaytrah district, the Qardaha region, Latakia Governorate. Bani Qahtan Castle is characterized by its stunning nature, a distinctive, charming location, and the presence of a pure groundwater spring, mountains, and wonderful forests. The area is a destination for tourists and visitors to enjoy the wonderful nature. It is currently witnessing the construction of a tourist resort that includes a “three-star” hotel that includes 71 rooms, 90 beds, and 540 chairs in the restaurant.