Turkish Fort Ruins (from Ottoman Empire days), Asir Province, Najran Province, Tobuk Province Saudi Arabia

Turkish Fort Ruins, Asir Provance

Turkish Fork ruins panorama along the rim of the escarpment in the Asir Province. Looking North with the escarpment to the left. The location was ideal to observe and defend a major road leading to and from the Red Sea via the escarpment. That ancient road is now a four lane black topped highway.

Ruins inside the fort.

Graves of soldiers and others below the fort to the North.

Turkish Fort high above an ancient route between Yemen to the South and Arabia to the North. This route has been in existence for at least 2500 years and probably longer. Thought to be the ancient route used to bring incense, fruit, and other commerce from Yamen to Arabia and beyond for thousands of years. The Queen of Sheba (ancient Yemen) may have passed this way on her way to visit King Soloman from Old Testament times. Site is located South of Najran in Najran Province of Saudi Arabia.

Turkish Fort in the Tobuk Province. This fort was located on an oasis. entering the ruins the water flowed from a stoned walled ground reservoir. The area was surrounded with palm trees. One of the individuals pictured in November 1976 was an antiquities guard.


~ by notsohairyjerry on August 14, 2008.

2 Responses to “Turkish Fort Ruins (from Ottoman Empire days), Asir Province, Najran Province, Tobuk Province Saudi Arabia”

  1. I visited the ruined Ottoman fort in the Asir several times during 1997-98. I’ve been trying to locate it via Google Satellite inaging but don’t remember how to get there from Abha. Can anyone help me? I’m also interested in learning the history of that fort. I found a drawing of a battle I believe took place there, scratched onto a flat piece of rock below one of the nearby towers. I took a picture of that drawing, but left the rock where I’d found it.

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