Crusader Ruins and Crusades Sites

If you’re looking to explore Crusader ruins and Crusades sites and want to find the best places to view the history of the Crusades then you can explore our interactive map above or navigate further by using the links below.

There’s a great selection of Crusader ruins and Crusades sites and you can plan some fantastic things to see on your trips. Once you’ve explored the list of Crusades sites and selected those you wish to visit you can use our itinerary planner tool to plan your trip and then print off a free pocket guidebook. This indispensible holiday guide will help you make the most of your time exploring Crusader ruins and Crusades sites.

Our database of the historic sites of the Crusades is growing all the time, but we may not cover them all. Remember, if you know of other Crusader sites, remains or ruins, you can always add them to Historvius now by visiting our upload page.

Crusades: Site Index

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One of the most famous Crusader sites, Acre is a UNESCO listed site of a city in Israel fortified by the Crusaders and the Ottomans.

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Ajlun Castle

A grand medieval castle commissioned by Saladin, Ajlun Castle is an excellent example of Ayyubid-era fortifications which is now a tourist attraction and museum.

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Arsuf contains the remains of a Crusader castle once occupied by the Knights Hospitaller. With special events for children, this can be one of the most fun Crusades sites to visit with a family.

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Asenova Fortress

Asenova Fortress is a pretty medieval fortress near Plovdiv, Bulgaria, once occupied by Crusaders.

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Beit She’an

Beit Shean is an immensely impressive archaeological site with remains dating back mostly to the Roman and Byzantine period.

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Bodrum Castle

Bodrum Castle is a 15th century citadel built by Christian knights and houses the Museum of Underwater Archaeology.

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Bodrum Museum of Underwater Archaeology

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology in Bodrum is located in Bodrum Castle, one a Crusader fortress.


A lesser-known Crusades Site Byblos is one of the world’s oldest continuously inhabited cities and contains the ruins of a 12th century Crusader Castle.

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Caesarea in Israel was an Ancient Roman city later conquered by the Crusaders and still containing the original Crusader fortifications.

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Castelo de Almourol

The Castle of Almourol is a medieval castle built by the Knights Templar on an islet in the Tagus River.

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Church of the Annunciation - Nazareth

One of many religious Crusades sites, the Church of the Annunciation is believed to be the site where Gabriel told Mary she was to conceive the son of G-d.

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Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Built on the believed site of the crucifixion of Jesus, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is possibly the holiest site in Christianity. The current structure mostly dates to the Crusader period.

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Citadel of Salah Ed-Din

One of many more isolated Crusader sites, the Citadel of Salah Ed-Din is a Crusader-era castle situated in Syria, designated a World Heritage site in 2006.

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Fort Saint Jean

Built on the site of a fourteenth century complex built by the Knights Hospitallers, Fort Saint Jean was used as a prison during the French Revolution.

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Grandmasters Palace - Rhodes

One of the most famous Crusader sites, the Grandmasters Palace of Rhodes was the base of the Knights Hospitaller of St John.

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Grandmasters Palace - Valletta

The Grandmasters Palace in Valletta has been the seat of power in Malta since the sixteenth century. One of the most important latter Crusader sites.

Kerak Castle

An impressive 12th century Crusader castle in Jordan, the remains of the fortification of Kerak are an awesome and slightly forbidding sight even today.

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Kolossi Castle

Among the more obscure Crusader sites, Kolossi Castle was a fortification of the Knights Hospitallers built in the thirteenth century.

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Krak des Chevaliers

Perhaps the best preserved example of a Crusader fortress in existence today, the magnificent fortress of Krak des Chevaliers is a stunning example of Medieval military architecture.

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Not necessarily known as being among the Crusades sites, Petra was actually a Crusader stronghold for a number of years.

Rhodes Archaeological Museum

The Rhodes Archaeological Museum is housed within the Great Hospital of the Knights Hospitallers an important Crusader site.

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The ruins of Simena are spread along beautiful beaches and submerged under crystal clear waters. Enjoy spectacular views from the crusader castle or explore an authentic Lycian Necropolis.

St George’s Castle

St George’s Castle in Lisbon is a medieval castle which once served as a royal palace. One of many Crusader sites in Portugal.

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Temple Church

The Temple Church in London was established by the Knights Templar in the twelfth century.

The Coenaculum - Jerusalem

The Coenaculum in Jerusalem is a Crusader-built structure at the believed location of The Last Supper.

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Vezelay Basilica

Vezelay Basilica is a twelfth century Romanesque church once said to have housed Mary Magdalene’s relics. It was the meeting place for Richard the Lionheart and Philip Augustus in July 1190, just before they embarked on the Third Crusade.