The Palmyra castle or Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma’ani Castle has been built by the Mamluks in the XIIIth century on a hill overlooking the antique city of Palmyra. Since 1980, the castle and Palmyra are both inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
In May 2015, the castle has been taken by ISIS troops, since it is strongly fortified and strategically located. During the Palmyra offensive in march 2016, the Syrian government’s army succeeded to retake the city but the castle was unfortunately damaged by retreating ISIS fighters : the stairway leading to the entrance is now completely destroyed, as well as some of the eastern towers. Syrian Director of the DGAM, Maamoun Abdelkarim, declared that the castle was going to be restored.
In partnership with the DGAM, ICONEM contributes to the castle’s restoration by carrying out 3D models representing the castle before and after the conflict, which will be given to archeologists and restorers.