"Explore Krak des Chaveliers" Qal`at al Hisn Things to Do Tip by zuyao

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Krak des Chaveliers (Fortress of Knights) is located about 30km outside of Homs. As you come from Damascus, take the turn to the left at Homs and get on to the highway to Tartous. Note that Krak des Chaveliers is known as Citadel of Hosn, to the Arabs. This castle sits atop a hill with a nice view of the mountains surrounding it. You spend hours roaming around the castle grounds. The man castle is surrounded by a defense wall. Becareful while climbing up the steps, some could be quite steep and the stones slippery. The castle is also dubbed as “the greatest crusader castle”. And indeed it was one of the most marvelous in Syria.

You may want to hire a guide to help you around the vast compound of the castle. Or if you prefer to travel at your own pace, buy a guide book which available at the ticketing counter. Thereafter, just wander around the compound at your own free will.

Entrance: SYP150

Address: Somewhere between Homs and Tartous
Directions: Take the highway from Homs to Tartous. The castle is located on your right. Look out for signboards mentioning "Citadel of Hosn". The drive up is pretty winding with narrow roads.

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  • Written May 2, 2009
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