QASR IBN WARDAN

Completed in 564, the last year of Byzantine Emperor Justinian’s reign, Qasr Ibn Wardan is in architectural terms perhaps the most remarkable and graceful of the Byzantine defensive outposts designed to ward off Persian invasion from the East. The old Blue Guide calls these ruins, comprising a palace, church, and military barracks, “among the most impressive, and perhaps even the most outstanding, in the whole of Northern Syria”.