Amouda

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For the Syrian town Amouda, see: Amuda

The castle of Amouda (Turkish: Hemite Kalesi or Amuda Kalesi) is a Crusader castle, formerly in the Armenian Kingdom of Cilicia, and today in the Turkish Province of Osmaniye.[1] The castle was deeded by the Armenian king Levon I to the Teutonic Knights in 1212 (Barber 2008) and rebuilt by them in the 13th century. It earned revenue for the Teutonic Order from the surrounding land. According to contemporary sources, the castle provided shelter for 2,200 people during the invasion by the Mamluks in 1266.[1]

Architecture[edit]

In 1987 an archaeological and historical assessment of the site, as well as a surveyed plan, were published.[1] From atop the outcrop this castle has clear inter-visibility with at least five others forts. Based on an analysis of the masonry, there were at least three major periods of construction and/or repair, with the most prominent contribution from the Crusader occupation. Unlike Armenian designs, it has a simple rectangular plan dominated at the southwest by a four-story keep with cisterns in the lowest level.

The design of Amouda is similar to the Teutonic Knights's castle at Montfort with a keep guarding the entrance (Molin 2001).

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Edwards, Robert W. (1987). The Fortifications of Armenian Cilicia: Dumbarton Oaks Studies XXIII. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University. pp. 58–62, 281; pls.3a–5b. ISBN 0-88402-163-7. 
  • Unknown crusader castles by Kristian Molin, Hambledon Continuum, 2001
  • The Military Orders: History and heritage By Malcolm Barber, Victor Mallia-Milanes. 2008

Coordinates: 37°11′19″N 36°05′40″E / 37.18861°N 36.09444°E / 37.18861; 36.09444