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Ammonite Towers - Bayadeh Wadi Es Seir

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The ruin at the top of Bayadeh Wadi Es Seir stands opposite the UNRWA agency building. It is at the highest point of the ridge, which projects to the Jordan Valley in the west, gradually descending beyond this point. The tower is rectangular, open to the rear, and faces west along the ridge at the head of a steep valley. It holds a commanding position.
Around the tower, which stands about 8m high at most, the ruins of a village can be seen. Various dwellings have been partly excavated, but anything exposed is usually hidden by vegetation. Two rows of white limestone arches are prominent behind the tower. They seem to line what may have been a courtyard, and are placed in line with the north and south sides of the tower.

VIEWS
Looking south (1) and panning to the southwest (2) and then looking to the west (3) along the ridge.
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Looking up the slope at the south wall (4,5), the SW corner (6) and the NW corner (7). The large boulders are similar to those seen at the other Ammonite Towers. The walls at the rear of the tower (8, north wall, looking east) have fallen to the ground, though no internal rooms are visible.
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INSIDE
The walls look as if they have suffered over time. Most of the 'floor' is covered with stones from the wall, and the actual ground level may be well below what is visible. This corresponds with the tops of the arches being visible, to the rear of the tower,indicating that the courtyard level may be 2 or 3 meters below the rubble.
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ARCHES
Six separate arches are visible, running East-West from the north wall (10, 11), and (but less visible) from the south wall (12). Some of them (13) have indentations carved into the tops, suggesting that they may have had structures (shops?) connected with them.
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