Rock hill and Surenian fortress-mansion – Zeytun 1914

Rock hill and Surenian fortress-mansion – Zeytun 1914

Rock hill and Surenian fortress-mansion – Zeytun 1914

The Zeytun Qale (Surenian Perte / fortress-mansion) photographed by a German WWI officer in 1914. It was constructed under the direction of the Armenian monk Der Emmanuel in 1815. The Zeytun Qale was the ancestral residence of the Surenian Ishkhan clans for generations until the Genocide of 1915.

Note the houses of Yuqari Mahallée (Vérine Tagh or Yenidünya quarter) on the top left corner.

Vahé Achikian – Zeytoun Collection

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