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In the vaults of the Krak of Chevaliers | by Carlo Tancredi
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In the vaults of the Krak of Chevaliers

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My last travel in Syria (and only 8 hours in Istanbul...)


31/12/2008; -4°C and REALLY a LOT of snow......


Krak des Chevaliers was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades. It was expanded between 1150 and 1250 and eventually housed a garrison of 2,000. The inner curtain wall is up to 100 feet thick at the base on the south side, with seven guard towers 30 feet in diameter.

The castle held out against several attacks, but was lost to the Mamluk Sultan Beybar in 1271.


The fortress was described as “perhaps the best preserved and most wholly admirable castle in the world” by T. E. Lawrence.

This fortress was made a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2006


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Taken on December 31, 2008