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Photograph of the northwest bastion and main fortress's north facade viewed from the north moat

Northwest Bastion Information

Qal'at al-Bahrain's bastions are well-built and of a fine architectural quality. They made possible a coherent defense of the whole site by utilizing two levels of defensive firepower. On the lower level, cross-fire from inner casemates allowed the elimination of any blind spot inside the moat; on the upper level, the guns placed on the terraces of these bastions efficiently covered the entire surface and surrounding areas of the Qal'at al-Bahrain tell (mound).

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