"Krak des Chevalliers" Syria Things to Do Tip by tini58de

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  Krak des Chevalliers
by tini58de

Built by the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem, this Crusades-era fortress is one of the most important sites in Syria. It commands the only significant pass between Turkey and Lebanon - quite a strategic asset in its time. (It once held a garrison of 4,000 men and 1,000 horses.) Set on a high hill amid tall mountains, it offers a scenic valley view. Allow several hours to roam around the unique double wall that encloses the massive fortress, the Frankish and Arabic towers, gates, courtyard, chapel and the now-empty moat (which was laboriously chipped out of solid rock). The square tower on the south wall was rebuilt after 1271, when Saracen forces breached the structure.

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  • Written Dec 25, 2003
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