“Ibn Wardan” is a Syrian palace built with rose water and rained down by ISIS with gunpowder

The Badia stories tell of a love story shared by the residents of the Al-Hamra district, in the western Syrian desert, of an orphan girl named Hamda, who works as a shepherd, and she has a cousin named Diban had, which she hated a lot. , and he threatened to kill her if she did not accept him as a man.

One day the girl went out with her herd, until she reached a palace called “Ibn Wardan”, where she left the herd alone and made shelter in the walls of the palace of red bricks, after she was tired and shelter from the pouring rain until she fell asleep.

Coincidentally, her cousin arrives at the palace site and watches her sleep, so after considering her beautiful face, he stroked her forehead with his hand until she awoke from her sleep, holding his hand after the rain stopped has, and the smell of perfume of the palace walls, and a legendary love story between two lovers began with her.The Arabs circulated about the charm and mystery of this palace and the enchanting scent of his perfume, which brings hearts closer and make them feel intimate.

This novel revolved around a unique architectural building, built during the Byzantine era in the sixth century AD; That is, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, while the name of the palace belongs to one of the elders of the Arab tribes, as the place consists of three buildings: the palace, the church and the army barracks, built of black stones and square bricks. The architects say that the church is similar in style to the church of San Vital in Italy, which was also built by Emperor Justinian at the same time.

Beauty and the smell of perfume

On the way to the proposed palace, the vehicle we picked up from Hama, in the middle of the country, cut through the desert road, under the scorching June sun in the middle of the sky, and the speed of the wind left the sand tracks flying as if they were chasing its speed wheels carefully for fear of getting lost and diving into dangerous places, with remnants of War or mines planted before the flames of fierce fighting were extinguished years ago.

While the bus is like a ship that has taken long distances, passed through villages to Fyaf and Qifar, and abandoned and demolished mud houses, stretching between the sides of a road 60 kilometers east of Hama until we reach Ibn Wardan Palace has, which is 20 kilometers. away from Al-Hamra district.

A man in his fifties from the village standing next to the door of the palace identifies himself as “Abi Walid”, his profession as a palace guard for decades. designs and architecture, he seems to have extensive historical knowledge, and even a follower of what happened to it the course of catastrophic accidents against a very important historical and architectural monument, and on the basis of the encounter of the man with many delegations, he mastered three foreign languages, and took courses in archaeological and tourism sciences.

He explains, “This palace was built by the architect, Isidore, during the reign of Emperor Justinian, who congratulated him for only one year after death overwhelmed him, but its importance lies in the fact that it is an architectural masterpiece of the most famous Syrian archeological palaces. “

The palace guard adds that historians have written about the historical and architectural importance of the palace, and what distinguishes it is that the design of its walls was made of mud mixed with rose water. the inevitable fate of his son, by the bite of a scorpion, who sought him to build this palace far away and ascend it with rose water, but legend has it that he died of a scorpion sting after extending his hand when a side-camel passed in front of the window of his palace, and from a new experience, after Boredom struck itself.


After pouring water on the walls, our tour of the palace had its own charm, as the place evokes peace and tranquility that penetrates the soul.Architectural researcher, Engineer Muhammad Al-Ahmad, claims that the secret of the aesthetics of the place has been reduced to its basalt stones, built in a style called (ablaq), where the palace consists of two floors and a courtyard.In the middle, the rooms are surrounded on all four sides, while the church to the west of the palace is located. , while the barracks were destroyed and buried underground.

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In turn, the palace guard tells of the destruction of the building. In addition to the earthquakes, the recent war also affected it, and parts of it were destroyed after being attacked by the most extremist factions, the “ISIS” organization. destruction sown in it. The crosses have a premium for robbery and looting.

Domestic tourism in the country, which has begun to recover after relative stability in sites that have seen wars, seeks to restore the pulse of life to these places by visiting them and enjoying watching such monuments, despite the scenes of destruction left by the war, with the collapse of parts of the palace walls, and the appearance of traces of shots from a Medium-sized spray gun penetrated the walls that hundreds of years ago always carried roses, to in our time with the smell of gunpowder to mix.

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