The Mamluk Bridge at Dayr Sunayd
Keywords:Baybars, jisr/bridge, Dayr Sunayd, Great War/World War 1, Mamluk
A long-overlooked Mamluk bridge spanning the W?d? al-Hasi (Na?al Shiqma) between Gaza and
Majdal (Ashqelon) was built at the behest of Sultan Baybars about 1270, as mentioned by ?Izz al-
D?n Ibn Shadd?d in his Ta?r?khal-M?lik al-??hir. It was also noted in a variety of travel accounts
spanning the 17th through 19th centuries and it was even photographed in the 1880s. Later it
became a point of interest during the Great War when it was shelled by the British Navy as part
of the Third Battle of Gaza, yet it survived to be repaired. Since it was on an important road even
in 1948, it was destroyed by a unit of Palmach in an attempt to impact infrastructure. The bridge
is one of the smallest of the six known Baybars bridges, yet it fully fits with the technological
characteristics of the other examples.
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