Krak des Chevaliers


Krak des Chevaliers, Western Syria. Although the history of this castle is not very well known (it changed hands many times after 1031), it stands as a perfect example of mediaeval fortification. While it was never taken by force, the occupying Crusaders surrendered in 1271; the Mameluke Sultan Baibars forged a letter from the Crusader commander ordering them to do so, and the attackers immediately captured the castle.

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