11 Mantarah; Palestine

The word mantarah means in Arab language 'watch tower'. It is real tower: truncated cone, with circular grounplan, inner staircase to the top, where are stone plates for drying the fruit, and for watching the flocks (and enemies too).

Mantarah can be found mostly in all Palestinian territories, mostly South of Beit Sahour and Bethlehem.


model of mantarah: front elevation
mantarah near Beit Sahour, 1999
mantarah, not far from Beit Sahour, 1999
model of mantarah, Beit Sahour
mantarah, not far from Beit Sahour, 1999
watch tower - the top of mantarah: staircase, 1999
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