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.

Ash Shawbak castle (Montreal)Crusader castle built in 1115 by Baldwin I of Jerusalem

Photo : you liked the fortified farm, I present the fort. It is inspired by "fort la Latte" located in Brittany, France. A castle in the Eyrie for "A Song of Ice and Fire"? :)

Foto: you liked the fortified farm, I present the fort. It is inspired by "fort la Latte" located in Brittany, France. A castle in the Eyrie for "A Song of Ice and Fire"?

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…

Crac des Chevaliers - Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world.

Crac des Chevaliers - Crusader castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. Was guided through it in late watching Syrian helicopters in the distance heading to Lebanon.

Citadel of Salah Ed-Din, Syria The Citadel of Salah Ed-Din, also known as Saladin Castle and Saone, is a partly-preserved fortress in Syria which is an interesting example of Crusader-era fortifications.

Saladin's Castle in Syria during the Crusades- taken from the Byzantines who built it 200 years earlier

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

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

Margat Castle (or Marquab Castle), Ruined Crusader Castle in the area of Baniyas, Syria

Margat Castle (or Marquab Castle), Ruined Crusader Castle in the area of Baniyas, Syria

Awesome Castles Around the World - Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

Krak des Chevaliers Castle, Syria Crusader castle and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. Since the castle has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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