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    Krak des Chevaliers

    by MM212 Updated Jul 15, 2013

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    Krak des Chevaliers, Dec 2006

    The best full views of this incredible architectural masterpiece (seen in the attached photo) are on the road just west of the castle. Make sure you stop for photos before you get close to it.

    IMPORTANT UPDATE: Krak des Chevaliers has suffered severe damage during the civil war between the Syrian government and the Free Syrian Army. More recently, on 12th July 2013, one of the inner tower was blown up by a Syrian army fighter plane. The castle's strategic location continues to be of significant importance to this day.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 8)

    by June.b Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    If ou come late in the morning or near noontime at the Krak Des Chevaliers, and you're into really seeing various parts of the castle, chances are you'll be ending up at one of the several tower's rooftops already late in the afternoon, which means, you'll be watching the golden sun going down as it sets down --- kind of beauty in serenity.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    The Dark Passageways of the Castle (set 1)

    by June.b Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    The castle is best viewed outside, and best felt inside.

    The various passageways which are mostly dark and some undergrounds are kind of cold and eerie esp. when you're navigating them alone. But that's how you can have a feel of the place, you'll imagine how it was during the time of the Crusaders, you might get lucky hearing the sounds of horse hooves and voices whispering to your ears aong one of the passageways....again, it's no joke... I did! I'm not trying to sell the place...it's sold, and it's selling on its own.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Views from the top of the castle

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    The Krak Des Chevaliers is a marvel...but tha doesn't end there. Because it's situated 750m above the hill (or mountain?), you get also the whole package incuding the great view down below --- the town, villages and mountains around it.

    I've noticed some crosses on top of some structures, a church or chapel on one side of the town vis-a-vis mosque. Which I didn't bother to checkout as I was feeling coldish/fluish that morning already. But am sure it's interesting.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    The Dark Passageways of the Castle (set 5)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    The Dark Passageways of the Castle (set 3)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    The Dark Passageways of the Castle (set 2)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    Photos of the dark and underground passageways inside th Krak Des Chevaliers.

    I'm very curious and probing so I always make it a point to go further, that sometimes gets me into trouble.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 7)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    The church portion of the castle which was converted by Mamluk Sultan Beibar to a mosque --- was the creepiest part for me, cuz that's where I got the best (or worst?) goosebumps inside one of those dark passageways where I'm definite that group tourists don't go.

    And yeah, accordingly, if you ever remember -- bring a flashlight with you if ou want to see the inside of the chambers and passageways -- specially if you're alone.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 6)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    Be careful by the way in walking along the long esplanade above the outer walls as most of them don't have safeguarding rails or walls, and a slight move on the edge will throw you to the main road below -- it's very high .. I'm not joking!

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 5)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    There is a very long esplanade of sort on top of the outer walls where people walk around to see the structure of the inner walls, and of course the view of the town and mountains surrounding th whole castle.

    This long boardwalk leads also to several rooftops where you can just relax and wait for the sunset - during summer time or the early sunset during th winter.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 4)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    The castle has two walls or parts - the inner and the outer walls, these two sections are separated by a moat filled with green stagnant water. I wish people would not throw those plastic cola bottles and food wrappers which are floating above the water. And there are also litters on some parts of the passageways particularly the ends which most people don't go through.

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 3)

    by June.b Updated Nov 30, 2010
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    The independent guides roaming inside the castle (or maybe they're licensed by the ministry or the castle?) can be really useful especially for tourists wanting to know the various structures, chambers, passageways around ad inside the castle.

    With the enormous size of it, sometimes it is easy to get lost, yeah, I even found it hard to find my way back to the main entrance when it was closing time. I have to find a staff which are hard to find sometimes esp. when there aren't much people around. I was following someone who got lost and someone's following me - so we both got lost!

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 2)

    by June.b Updated Nov 29, 2010
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    The Krak Des Chevaliers is located 750 meters above the ground. Built for the Emir of Aleppo in 1031, captured by raymon IV of Toulouse in 1099 but was abandoned, 1110 reoccupied by the Prince of Galilee, and finally in 1142, he Count of tripoli gave it to the Knights Hospitaller who made it their headquarter during the Crusades and developed and broadened the castl further.

    Mamluk Sultan Baibars tricked the Crusaders by presenting a forged letter from the Crusader Commander in Tripoli, ordering the defenders to surrender the castle. He made it his base and converted the chapel into a mosque where presently you can see a minbar.

    Now I know, that's where the Baibers Hotel - located adjacent on the opposite hill - got their name!

    Entry fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to the main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

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    Krak Des Chevaliers (set 1)

    by June.b Updated Nov 29, 2010
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    The entrance fee to the Krak Des Chevaliers is SYP150 ($3.3) and discounted for students at SYP15.

    Open from 9am til 6pm, but since it's November and winter I heard a warning sign and some men directing the tourists to th main entrance right before 4pm, so be aware of that.

    There's a souvenir shop right safter the entrance. Righ at te gate, there are several men serving as independent guides, offering their guide service of the castle at a minimal fee, they speak english and some speaks french, italian and spanish, and of course the local language - arabic.

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    Krak (full castle view)

    by June.b Updated Nov 29, 2010
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    Since I did not immediately proceed inside the castle and looked for my hotel at the back, I found the best view of the castle on the road up passing by the castle. Here is actualy most bus tourists go. There's a restaurant stopover for them right on top of the road from the castle.

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