Syria Tour Guide: Tartus

Syria Tour Guide: Tartus Last updated on Monday 26th April 2010

The second most important Syrian seaport on the Mediterranean (90 kms to the south of Latakia). It was called Antaradus by the Phoenicians and Tartusa by the Byzantines. Tortusa was to become of the main supply ports for the Crusaders and a military base of considerable importance. It was held by the Templars, but recovered by Saladin in 1188.

The arches, wall-towers and narrow lances in Tartus evoke what the town must have been like in medieval times. A jewel of Romanesque art is the cathedral of Tartus, which is now a museum containing relics from various Syrian civilizations.

During summer an attractive festival is held there containing many activities such as sea sports, handicrafts exhibition, shopping centre and cultural events.

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