Ras Ibn Hani

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10 km north of Latakia; it was dug from 1975 to 1982 by a Franco-Syrian mission. The site complements Ugarit/Minet al-Beida, continuing the chronological sequence from the end of the Bronze Age until the Byzantine period (13th century BC to 6th century AD).

It was founded by a King of Ugarit, probably to survey maritime access to the main port but also to provide a cooler summer residence. The palace area is in total larger than the main palace at Ugarit, covering over 8000 m². Ras Ibn Hani sheds some light in the otherwise obscure period after the great invasion and reveals a resumption of indigenous Syrian influences, reversing the heavily Mycenaean links of the LBA.

The fortress was razed but the site again fell into the hands of the Ptolemies under Antiochus IX (ruled 115 – 95 BC) and a small fortress was erected in the south eastern corner of the ruined compound. The last significant occupation was during the 4th to 6th centuries AD.


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Ras Ibn Hani (رآس ابن هاني) is a peninsula north of Lattakia (اللاذقية) most well-known for its luxury hotels and beach homes. While the nicer beaches on the peninsula are owned by two hotels, there are a few other beaches pleasant enough to take a swim. The peninsula also has numerous restaurants. Ras Ibn Hani (رآس ابن هاني) is a busy vacation spot in the summer, but fairly quiet the remainder of the year.
Perhaps more interesting to visitors is the bronze age archaeological site on the northern side of the peninsula. This site complemented the nearby Ras al-Shamra/Ugarit (رآس الشمرا/آوغاريت), and was founded by a king of that ancient city. The palace area, on the east side of the site, is in total larger than the main palace at Ras al-Shamra/Ugarit (رآس الشمرا/آوغاريت), covering over 8,000 square meters. It is divided into two segments, north and south, the latter including an industrial quarter in which were discovered a supply of copper ingots, probably from Cyprus. A library of tablets in Ugaritic and Akkadian was discovered in the north palace. The original palace was probably destroyed around 1200 BC after being evacuated by its inhabitants.

Getting There: Frequent microbuses travel from Lattakia (اللاذقية) to the peninsula. The trip takes about 15 minutes.