- Category: Western Syria
- Published: Monday, 28 September 2015 14:22
- Written by Issam
The Crac des Chevaliers (Arabic: Qalʿat al-Husn) was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271.
With further construction by the Mamluks in the late 13th century, it ranks among the best-preserved examples of the Crusader castles.
The castle was made a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, along with Qalʿat Salah ad-Din, in 2006.
The castle was taken by villagers in July 2011, passed to the FSA, later Jabhat al-Nusra. Retaken by govt forces in March 2014.
During that period it had seriously damaged by shelling and bombardment.
Site in Gazetteer.
The Syrian antiquities department (DGAM) started in May 2014 works of reparation and reconstruction [more on DGAM site].