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  • Funerary Temple at Palmyra
    Funerary Temple at Palmyra
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    Funerary Temple at Palmyra
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    The Southwest Tower...

    by coceng Updated May 22, 2005

    Another sight of The Southwest Tower.
    This tower offers the ebst scenery but as you can see from my photo, there's no safety railings to help you moving around on this place ! Be extra careful when taking photos as you don't want to plunge down into obscurity !

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    Scenery From Krak des Chevaliers...

    by coceng Updated May 22, 2005

    The scenery down below is amazing !
    That's the small town that we have to pass to go up this fort.
    The road is winding upwards to reach this fort so when driving with your own vehicle, just be extra careful !

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    The Warden Tower...

    by coceng Updated May 21, 2005

    This is The Warden Tower of The Inner Fortress. This tower probably controlled the flow of traffics the Mediterranean and the inland cities, as well as land trade between Asia Minor and the Holy Land.

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    The Southwest Tower...

    by coceng Written May 21, 2005

    This is The Southwest Tower which was re-built & we could go up to see some scenic views down below.
    The mountain area is called Jebel Ansariyya & the peak where the castle is perched as known as The Homs Gap.

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    The Moat...

    by coceng Written May 21, 2005

    This is the moat, separating between the 2 walls. During its time, the water from this moat was also used as the bath water. There were hammams inside The Inner Fortress.
    This is really a fun castle as there are so many 'secret' rooms & doors to explore but I didn't venture into them all; Some rooms are just so eerie...Greasy & wet !

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    The Outside Walls...

    by coceng Updated May 21, 2005

    There were supposed to be 13 towers on The Outside walls but only the foundations left.
    There's also a moat separating The Outside Walls & The Inner Fortress.
    On the right of my photo is part of The Inner Fortress.

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    2 Parts...

    by coceng Written May 21, 2005

    There are 2 parts of this castle.
    The outside walls & also the inner walls.
    Around the outside walls, there are wild plants growing around.
    This whole structure was built on a foundation of a solid rock !

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    The Dream Castle...

    by coceng Written May 21, 2005

    Krak des Chevaliers, also known as Qala'at al-Hosn is called The Dream Castle by some people !
    It lies on the hill, about 10 km from the Tartus-Homs Highway in the west of Syria.
    The photo is showing the tunnel that we have to go through after paying for the ticket.

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    Qal'at al-Hosn (Carc des Chevaliers)

    by nicemason Written Sep 6, 2004

    The most famous medieval citadel in the world. It is 650 m above sea-level. It was built in order to control the so-called "Homs Gap", the gateway to Sryia. It was through this passage that Syria communicated with the Mediterranean.

    In ancient times the importance of this strategic corridor was immense. It was of crucial importance to the Crusaders and other foreign invaders in their conquest of the coast. Conflict over the Crac des Chevaliers continued through the ages. It was a fierce and bloody dispute, but in the end, Sultan Beybars managed to recover it in 1271 through a military trick and one month of fighting.

    Carc des Chevaliers was built on the site of a former castle erected by the emirs of Homs to accommodate Kurdish garrisons; "Carc" is a modification of the Arab word "Qal'a". The citadel covers an area of 3000 square meters and has 13 huge towers, in addition to many stores, tanks, corridors, bridges and stables. It can accommodate 5000 soldiers with their horses, their equipment and provisions for five years.

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    Small Tunnel...

    by coceng Updated May 22, 2005

    The small tunnel below The Southwest Tower...that I had to pass through; Smelly & stinky !
    Maybe urine smelled ! Yes ! People, especially men like to do that don't we ? Not me...

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    Another Peek...

    by coceng Written May 22, 2005

    Another peek on The Inner Fortress from the window of the walls from The Outer Walls.
    The walls really solid but we can't touch it as it was separated by the moat...

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    Peek...

    by coceng Written May 22, 2005

    There are also many aches that you can peek on & see more walls of the fort.
    Some have been rebuilt by modern days workers & some parts lay as they were from ages ago.

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    Hidden Rooms...

    by coceng Written May 22, 2005

    Look below from the tower onto the fort, we could see some hidden rooms that are waiting to be discovered by us. You can spend hours on this fort but make sure you are claustrophobic !

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    The Still-Stood Towers...

    by coceng Written May 22, 2005

    Rebuilt or not, they still look impressive !
    We can climb up to see the views over the fort...
    Make sure that you hold tight to the grill as the wind is kinda strong up there...

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    The Stables...

    by coceng Written May 21, 2005

    This was the stables (no wanoder it smelled like horses !) as I was on my way to climb up The Southwest Tower.
    This castle is being tipped as The Finest Crusader Castle In The World !

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