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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

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

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http://500px.com/photo/183549285 Alcazaba by michailchristodoulopoulos -The Alcazaba is a palatial fortification in Málaga Spain. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century. This is the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. Adjacent to the entrance of the Alcazaba are remnants of a Roman theatre dating to the 1st century BC which are undergoing restoration. Some of the Roman-era materials were reused in the Moorish construction of the Alcazaba. Ferdinand and Isabella captured…

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http://500px.com/photo/183542753 Alcazaba by michailchristodoulopoulos -The Alcazaba is a palatial fortification in Málaga Spain. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century. This is the best-preserved alcazaba in Spain. Adjacent to the entrance of the Alcazaba are remnants of a Roman theatre dating to the 1st century BC which are undergoing restoration. Some of the Roman-era materials were reused in the Moorish construction of the Alcazaba. Ferdinand and Isabella…