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Qatna Archaeological Park
- Qatna Archaeological Park
- Alt Name:
- Ancient Mesopotamia
- 2000BC - 1001BC
- Dayr Ba`albah
- Babylon, Hattusha,
Krak des Chevaliers,
about Qatna Archaeological Park
Qatna Archaeological Park in Tell Mishrifeh in Syria houses the ruins of what was the thriving ancient Mesopotamian city of Qatna.
Known to have first been occupied in the third millennium BC, Qatna’s location on an important commercial and political crossroad connecting it to both the Mitanni empire and the ancient Egyptians allowed it to flourish. In fact, in the period between 1600BC and 1200BC, in the Late Bronze Age, it grew to become a local kingdom.
This period heralded a great deal of construction, including the building of Qatna’s acropolis. However, much of this is still being excavated so is inaccessible to tourists. One significant part of Qatna Archaeological Park which is now open is an area of the Royal Palace. Constructed from 1650BC to 1550BC and with over eighty rooms on one level alone, Qatna Royal Palace would have been an impressive sight, but was devastated during the Hittite conquest of Syria in 1340BC.
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Address: Mishrifeh, Syria
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Located at Mishrifeh, Syria which is approx 20km northeast of Hims along route 48.
Entry is free.
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