This great fortress is located in Syria, near the border of present-day Lebanon, and considered the most important preserved medieval castle globally. Check out more information about this powerful architectural beauty and the history of the Krak des Chevaliers.
The Travel ~ ” The world’s most impressive Crusader castle is widely considered to be Krak des Chevaliers. It was built by the Knights Hospitaller during the time of the Crusades. Today one can see Crusader castles all around the Eastern Mediterranean (although none measures up to Krak des Chevaliers in beauty, size, and preservation). If visiting Israel, visit the ancient city of Caesarea and see a mix of ruins with Herod’s old palace, an old Roman hippodrome, and an old Crusader castle partially made out of the old Roman ruins.
Unfortunately, the castle is in Syria which is not considered safe to visit today. If one would like to visit impressive ancient architecture in the region, then consider visiting the awe-inspiring ruins of Petra in Jordan. Petra was made famous for featuring in the movie Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and is now a powerful monument and symbol of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
History Of Krak de Chevaliers In The Crusader
Today the Krak des Chevaliers is considered not only the most beautiful Crusader castle but also one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The Crusader world was broken up into a series of largely petty kingdoms with the most notable being the Kingdom of Jerusalem. Krak des Chevaliers was part of the County of Tripoli.
The County of Tripoli was the last of the Crusader states and mostly occupied part of what is today northern Lebanon as well as parts of western Syria. It was ruled by Frankish Crusaders (mostly southern France) as a vassal to the Kingdom of Jerusalem. It existed between 1102 and 1289 when it fell to the Mamluks of Egypt.” ~ The Travel.
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