Resafa-Sergiopolis – Rusafat Hisham, Syria – pilgrimage city and Caliph’s residence

Resafa-Sergiupolis – Rusafat Hisham, Syrien. Pilgerstadt und Kalifenresidenz (DE)

The city of Resafa, located in north-eastern Syria, was built on the site of a Roman Limes fort. During the fifth century it grew to an important pilgrimage city, due to the martyrdom of St. Sergios; The Umayyad caliph Hisham b. Abd al-Malik set up his residence here in the second quarter of the eighth century. For the early Byzantine period, Resafa is generally one of the most important sites because of its well-preserved monuments and the quality of its architecture. As one of the few Early Islamic caliphal residences that were not completely overbuilt, the site is central in the fields of Early Islamic architecture and urbanism.

Resafa has been the subject of systematic archaeological research since the early 1950s. The current work, funded by the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the German Research Foundation, is focused on the evaluation and processing of the 2006–2011 field works. Their synthesis and contextualization are preparational works toward final publication. (D. Sack – M. Gussone)

Also see former project page:

See also web site of Deutsches Archäologisches Institut about Resafa-Projekt

Team: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dorothée Sack; Dr.-Ing. Martin Gussone; Dr.-Ing. habil. Catharine Hof; Dr. Michael Würz; Houssein Tarabichi M.Sc.

Cooperation: Deutsches Archäologisches Institut Berlin; Directorate General of Antiquities & Museums Syria Damascus; Prof. Dr. Jörg Fassbinder München; Prof. Dr. Stefan Heidemann Hamburg; Dr. Christoph Konrad Weißenhorn; Prof. Dr. Michaela Konrad Bamberg; Prof. Dr. Volker Menze Budapest – Wien / Hamburg ; Dr. Anne Mollenhauer Berlin; Dr. habil. Martina Müller-Wiener Berlin; Dr.-Ing. des. Ibrahim Salman Berlin; Dr.-Ing. des. Axel Schuhmann Dessau; Prof. Dr. Stefan Winter Quebec / Istanbul.