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Krak des Chevaliers
- Krak des Chevaliers
- Alt Name:
- Crac des Chevaliers
- 1200AD - 1299AD
- Hims, Hamah,
- Citadel of Salah Ed-Din, Arsuf,
Krak des Chevaliers history
Krak des Chevaliers is a stunning example of Crusader-era military architecture and was the headquarters of the famous Knights Hospitallier during the 12th and 13th centuries.
It is perhaps the best preserved example of a Crusader fortress in existence today, and is an awe-inspiring example of medieval military architecture.
Built to withstand a siege for up to five years, Krak des Chevaliers stands atop a 650-metre high hill which dominated the route from Antioch to Beirut. The main enclosure was surrounded by a man-made moat which was carved out of solid rock in a dramatic example of Crusade-era engineering.
Captured by the Mameluke Sultan Baibars in 1271, Krak des Chevaliers was used as a base for Mameluk expansion towards the end of the 13th Century. Situated close to the border with Lebanon, it provides a unique experience to those wishing to find out more about the Crusades.
Krak des Chevaliers was designated a World Heritage site in 2006.
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Address: North of Route 3, between Tall Kalakh and Safita
Phone: Contact local tourist office
Directions to Krak des Chevaliers:
North of Route 3, between Tall Kalakh and Safita. Bus/Taxi from Homs or private tour from Hama.
Krak des Chevaliers opening times and ticket prices:
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