Photographer's Note

Rumkale is to the north of the Birecik Plain, to the east of the Euphrates, on a hill overlooking the highway leading to Sanliurfa.

Rumkale is believed to be the antic city Sitamrat conquered in 885 BC by Salmanasar III, the Assyrian King. However, the issue is somewhat disputed. While some researchers consider Urum (Horum) to the north of the present Belkis village on the Euphrates as the original settlement, others maintain that Urima is Rumkale. Rumkale was known as Kal’a Rhomayta by the Syriac, and Hromklay by the Armenians.

From 1113 to 1166 AD Rumkale was used as the post of the catholicos. This status continued even after that, until 1292 when the city was taken by Melik el-Esref of Egypt. Also serving to the Yakubid as a Patriarchate in the 13th century, it was annexed by the Ottoman Empire after Mercidabik Battle (1516) and administratively attached to Aleppo.

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