Crusader Castles

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Bodrum Harbour | by Durukos Yachting

Bodrum Harbour | by Durukos Yachting

Crak de Montreal (Jordan) - built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem. The knights of the castle controlled the commerce of the area, as pilgrims and merchants needed permission to travel past. Saladin, who invaded the kingdom in 1187, laid siege to Montreal for two years, but was unable to use siege engines because of the hill. It is said that, during the siege, the defending crusader knights sold their wives and children for food. The castle finally fell to Saladin in May 1189.

Crak de Montreal (Jordan) - built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem. The knights of the castle controlled the commerce of the area, as pilgrims and merchants needed permission to travel past. Saladin, who invaded the kingdom in 1187, laid siege to Montreal for two years, but was unable to use siege engines because of the hill. It is said that, during the siege, the defending crusader knights sold their wives and children for food. The castle finally fell to Saladin in May 1189.

Castle of St. John - Selcuk, Turkey

Castle of St. John - Selcuk, Turkey

Mamure Castle, Mersin, Turkey

Mamure Castle, Mersin, Turkey

Mamure, the old Crusader castle in Anamur, Turkey, is over 1500 years old and ranks among the best-preserved Medieval Castles on the Mediterranean coast. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea in the Mersin Province of Turkey.

Mamure, the old Crusader castle in Anamur, Turkey, is over 1500 years old and ranks among the best-preserved Medieval Castles on the Mediterranean coast. It is located in the Mediterranean Sea in the Mersin Province of Turkey.

Kerak - a large crusader castle located in Jordan, once stronghold of Raynald of Châtillon built in 1142. Muslims had sought to take Kerak many times, finally in 1187 they stretched its defenses to breaking point. At one point, 9 catapults were bombarding the walls and inhabitants within. Word reached King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem who, although suffering from leprosy and had to be carried on a stretcher, personally led the army of knights forcing Saladin to lift the siege.

Kerak - a large crusader castle located in Jordan, once stronghold of Raynald of Châtillon built in 1142. Muslims had sought to take Kerak many times, finally in 1187 they stretched its defenses to breaking point. At one point, 9 catapults were bombarding the walls and inhabitants within. Word reached King Baldwin IV of Jerusalem who, although suffering from leprosy and had to be carried on a stretcher, personally led the army of knights forcing Saladin to lift the siege.

Fakker Aldeen Almaeny Castle, Palmyra, Syria

Fakker Aldeen Almaeny Castle, Palmyra, Syria

Yılankale, (Castle of the Snakes) is a large medieval crusader castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey

Yılankale, (Castle of the Snakes) is a large medieval crusader castle located east of Adana in modern Turkey

Awesome Castles Around the World - Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

Awesome Castles Around the World - Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

Crusader Castle, Turkey | Myth & Legend, Crusader Mamure Castle Anamur

Crusader Castle, Turkey | Myth & Legend, Crusader Mamure Castle Anamur


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