Profile image
By Ancient Origins
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views

Now:
Last Hour:
Last 24 Hours:
Total:

The Krak des Chevaliers: Can this Crusader Fortress Survive the Current Syrian Conflict?

Saturday, February 11, 2017 19:17
% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

(Before It's News)

The Krak des Chevaliers: Can this Crusader Fortress Survive the Current Syrian Conflict?

The Krak des Chevaliers, located in modern day Syria, is one of the best-preserved examples of European medieval military architecture done in the Gothic style. It is a massive fortress that was built during the first Crusades. The Krak was constructed on a strategic defensive position on top of a hill known as Jebel Kalakh, in the middle of the Syrian desert on the route leading to Antioch, Beirut, and the Mediterranean. It guarded what was the only major pass between Antioch in Turkey and Beirut in Lebanon. Perhaps the Krak is better known today from its description by T.E. Lawrence in ‘Lawrence of Arabia”.

The Krak des Chevaliers and surrounding landscape.

The Krak des Chevaliers and surrounding landscape. (CC BY 2.0)

A Short History

Built by the Emir of Aleppo in 1031, the fortress was large enough to accommodate a military troop of 2000 soldiers, the stables could keep up to 1000 horses, and the inner protective wall is over 3 meters (9.85 ft.) thick. The Krak was built to be a massive, long lasting, defensive fortress. Inside the castle, an elegant Crusader cloister has an inscription carved in Latin saying “Grace, wisdom and beauty you may enjoy but beware pride which alone can tarnish all the rest.”

The Latin inscription.

Section: 

www.Ancient-Origins.net – Reconstructing the story of humanity’s past



Source: http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-asia/krak-des-chevaliers-can-crusader-fortress-survive-current-syrian-conflict-007530

Report abuse

Comments

Your Comments
Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

Top Stories
Recent Stories
 

Featured

 

Top Global

 

Top Alternative

 

Register

Newsletter

Email this story
Email this story

If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.