posted on Feb, 12 2013 @ 10:35 AM
There are so many amazing historical structures that fill our world, but very few are easily recognized by most people. In this first part of a
continuing series of threads I'll be working on, I'll begin highlighting some of the lesser known historical structures that many people may not be
aware of. Not all of these structures date to ancient past, but they are still amazing creations that get lost to other spectacular wonders such as
In part one we'll take a look at:
Bannerman's Castle, The Gindi Fortress, and The Minaret of Jam
First, I have chosen Bannerman's Castle for it's historical importance, and for being one of the most detailed and colossal creations built in the
United States. In lies in near ruins, and is only recently available for tourist to see up close, with exception of being seen by boat.
Pollepel Island is an island in the Hudson River. Also known as Pollopel Island, Pollopel's Island and Bannerman Island, it is the site of
Bannerman's Castle. The principal feature on the island is Bannerman's Castle, an abandoned military surplus warehouse. It was built in the style of a
castle by businessman Francis Bannerman VI (1851–1918). It remains one of a very small number of structures in the United States which can properly
be called a castle. Pollepel Island is sometimes referred to as Bannerman's Island.
By chance while canoeing on the Hudson, David Bannerman noted the island. The Bannermans purchased it from the Taft family in 1900 as a safe
storage site. Mr. Bannerman began construction on a simulated Scottish castle and simple residence in 1901.
Equipment of every description as well as ammunition were shipped there for storage until sold. Although Frank Bannerman was a munitions dealer, he
described himself as a man of peace. He wrote in his catalogues that he hoped that his collection of arms would someday be known as “The Museum of
the Lost Arts”. He was a devoted church goer, a member of the St. Andrews Society, founder of the Caledonian Hospital, and active in a boy’s club
– often taking them on trips to the island in the summer months. During World War I he contributed cannons, uniforms, and blankets to the U.S.
government. Frank and Helen Bannerman used the house on the island as a summer residence. Mrs. Bannerman, a successful gardener, enhanced the paths
and terraces with wonderful flowers and shrubs, some of which still exist today.
Many tales both serious and comic have been told about this place over the years, some recounted in a pamphlet by Frank’s grandson Charles, who
wrote prophetically in 1962 – five years before the island was given to the Taconic Park Commission, and seven years before the great fire that
caused such destruction:
“No one can tell what associations and incidents will involve the island in the future. Time, the elements, and maybe even the goblins of the island
will take their toll of some of the turrets and towers, and perhaps eventually the castle itself, but the little island will always have its place in
history and in legend and will be forever a jewel in its Hudson Highland setting.”
Second, Gindi fortess is an often overlooked portion of Egyptian history, forgotten about when surrounded by so much of historical importance in
Fortress built in 1187 by Saladin in Southern Sinai. The main purpose was to guard the routes of pilgrimage from Northern Africa to Mecca. It was
also used as a caravanserai.
It's built in limestone on a 285 m high escarpment and it rises on a plateau at 645 m above sea level. The water supply came from the Ayn Sadr source,
through run-off waters or from cisterns dug in the ground (three underground cisterns are still in perfect state of conservation, one of them with
size of 6m x 10m x 5,5 is dated by an inscription from the time of Saladin).
A 5 to 6 m ditch separates it from the ravine whose shape it takes, that of an irregular rectangle. Extending from north-east to south-west over a
lengh of between 100 and 150 m with a maximum width of 120 m, it is surrounded by a 2 m thick wall reinforced at regular intervals with square and
round towers. It is opened by a monumental square door crowned with a limestone archstone whose keystone bears an inscription in the name of Allah.
The 12th century fort which Salah ad-Din built almost in the middle of the Sinai, and rediscovered by the Jules Barthoux in 1909, is still largely
in tact. Within the fortress were found shops and many vaulted rooms hewn out of rock. A Fatimid style mihrab dominates the fortress. This was a
central meeting place for the three caravans that crossed the Sinai, but was also intended to be a fortification against attacks of the Crusaders.
Many Muslims from Africa and the Mediterranean also used the caravan routes, so they too ended up at Qalaat Al-Gindi. However, Salah ad-Din managed to
beat back the invading Crusaders before the fort was actually completed. Located about 50 miles southeast of the Ahmed Hamdi Tunnel (At Suez) this
monument literally sits in the middle of nowhere, and receives few visitors
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