Krak des Chevaliers Homs Gap, Syria

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Krak des Chevaliers

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; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the /Castle of the Kurds/. In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. The castle sits atop a 650 meters high hill east of Tartus, Syria, in the Homs Gap. On the other side of the gap, 27 km away, was the 12th-century Gibelacar Castle.

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