Sartika Castle

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Sartika Castle in Iraq.

This castle belongs to the 19th century, about 1813-1836 AD. It was built by the king mhamad also called “big king”, the king of the Soran kingdom. The castle is located about 3 km south-west of the city of Dokan.  It is about 50 km from Sulaimaniyah.  This castle is built for a military reason.  It guarded the border between Soran kingdom and Baban kingdom. The height of the castle from the level of the surrounding plain is about 130 m. The castle is square shaped and consists of two floors, also there are two gates for entrance. The first gate is located on the west side of the castle.  It was used only for entering soldiers.  The second gate is located on the east side of the castle. Each floor has 6 rooms.  There are four towers, cylinder shaped on the corners of the castle. These towers were used for caution and defending during the wars.

In the middle of the castle there is a well they used for storing water during the war. They used stone for building the castle. Also they used gypsum between stones to form the walls. There are some holes through the walls; they were used for the guns during the war. These holes from inside are wide and from outside end are narrow. This design property is often used in the ancient castles, which were used for military reasons.

Unfortunately the government and those responsible for the archaeology don’t care about this castle to keep it and preserve it.  The castle in general is damaged and it has an unstable condition.  We can say the castle has a terrible situation, last February of the some walls fell down from the rain and weather.  It will be more damaged in the future, if it doesn’t get repair and preservation. So the government and the Directorate of Antiquities of Sulaimaniyah must work to stop these damages and brings some experts of architectural consecration to repair and preserve this castle.


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