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One of the finest examples of military architecture from the 12th to 13th centuries, the Krak des Chevaliers (Qal’at al-Hosn) is the most significant castle built by the Crusaders in the Near East, both in terms of the quality of its construction and its exceptional state of conservation.
The study of Near Eastern medieval castles
A large number of archaeological research programmes spanning several decades have enhanced our understanding of Medieval and Early Modern military architecture in the Near East and the people who built these fortifications.
Media & Resources
Aerial view of the Krak des Chevaliers
View of the 39th regiment of the French Army of the Levant. 1926-1927
Bibliothèque nationale de France
Tour sud de Qalâwûn
Détail de l'inscription de la tour construite par le sultan Qalâwûn sur le front sud du château en 1285.
Aleppo. Mamluk tower
Tower built on the south section of the urban enceinte.
Médiathèque de l'IFPO