"TRIBUTE TO SYRIA - KRAK"  © mauro pasquero
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(@PSLessey) Peter Lessey said:January 19th, 2013 (1:36pm) PST
A stunning composition Mauro
(@TomShacochis) Tom Shacochis said:January 18th, 2013 (2:24pm) PST
Magnificent shot, Mauro!
(@debop)  said:January 15th, 2013 (4:22pm) PST
Wow - terrific!
(@Monica Siri) Monica Siri said:January 14th, 2013 (9:15am) PST
Hi Mauro, one of my friends visited Syria some years ago. So I knew some of the sites you are posting here but not this beautiful castle.
Great image and description, as usual.
(@MickeydelPilar) Michael del Pilar said:January 13th, 2013 (8:38pm) PST
The monumental dimensions of this imposing edifice is glimpsed by the tiny specks of tourists on the tops of this castle...fine historical narrative....
(@polimeros) thom polimeros said:January 13th, 2013 (11:11am) PST
800 years later and people are still squabbling over dirt
(@JadeCarbone) Jade Carbone said:January 13th, 2013 (10:26am) PST
The terrain looks so desolate, amazing structure done on the backs of many Men, wonderful light and clarity Mauro!
(@endlessreach1) Carl Shaw said:January 13th, 2013 (8:01am) PST
Nicely done Mauro...
(@KWirtanen) Kent Wirtanen said:January 13th, 2013 (7:52am) PST
All these old "buildings" are amazing...especially when you consider the time period in which they were built. Excellent work Mauro.
(@jaykay72) John Kortland said:January 13th, 2013 (7:21am) PST
Wonderful clarity and light to this, a great record shot of this interesting area.
(@MarkRobinson) Mark Robinson said:January 13th, 2013 (7:02am) PST
Amazing ..I like the architectural design.
(@teach50) Linda Karlin said:January 13th, 2013 (6:25am) PST
Super shot and thanks for the info.
(@Marthe) marthe said:January 13th, 2013 (3:48am) PST
Very interesting building and info, very nicely captured!
(@AntonelloBerardi) Antonio Maria Berardi said:January 13th, 2013 (2:15am) PST
(@rich007) Rich Mayer said:January 13th, 2013 (2:11am) PST
Awesome building shown here Mauro. Well photographed!!

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Krak des Chevaliers is a Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. It is located approximately 40 kilometres west of the city of Homs, close to the border of Lebanon.

In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. It remained in their possession until it fell in 1271. It became known as Crac de l'Ospital; the name Krak des Chevaliers was coined in the 19th century.

The order controlled a number of castles along the border of the County of Tripoli, a state founded after the First Crusade.

At its peak, Krak des Chevaliers housed a garrison of around 2,000.

From the 1250s the fortunes of the Knights Hospitaller took a turn for the worse and in 1271 Krak des Chevaliers was captured by the Mamluk Sultan Baibars after a siege lasting 36 days, and then purportedly only by way of a forged letter claiming to be from the Hospitallers' Grand Master that caused the Knights to surrender.

Renewed interest in Crusader castles in the 19th century led to the investigation of Krak des Chevaliers, and architectural plans were drawn up. In 1933 the castle was given over to the French state, under which a programme of clearing and restoration was carried out. When Syria declared independence in 1946, the castle left French control. Since 2006, the castles of Krak des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din have been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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