Krak des Chevaliers is a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds. In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. It remained in their possession until it fell in 1271. It became known as Crac de l'Ospital; the name Krak des Chevaliers was coined in the 19th century.  Text by Wikipedia | Photo by Louai Aboulkher

Krak des Chevaliers is a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds. In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. It remained in their possession until it fell in 1271. It became known as Crac de l'Ospital; the name Krak des Chevaliers was coined in the 19th century. Text by Wikipedia | Photo by Louai Aboulkher

Krak des Chevaliers also called Crac des Chavaliers, is a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the "Castle of the Kurds".

Krak des Chevaliers also called Crac des Chavaliers, is a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the "Castle of the Kurds".

Krak de Chevaliers Crusader castle, Syria. Passageways within the castle were designed so that horses could be moved easily.

Krak de Chevaliers Crusader castle, Syria. Passageways within the castle were designed so that horses could be moved easily.

Castles, such as Krak des Chevaliers which was built by Crusaders, were a prominent feature of the medieval period

Castles, such as Krak des Chevaliers which was built by Crusaders, were a prominent feature of the medieval period

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