Syria, one out of a lot of countries I visited in the middle-east region.
Krak des Chevaliers. Our prime objective for our trip which we made from Damascus. It is a well known medieval castle described by author Paul Theroux as the epitome of the dream castle of childhood fantasies; of jousts and armour and pennants. TE Lawrence simply called it :The finest castle in the world.
This castle was built in 1031 AD. But the crusaderknights expanded it largely in the 12th century.
|The outside wall of the castle has 13 towers and the main entrance to the castle.|
And surprisingly, there is a castle within the castle.
|Just one of the very nice views you get at different places in the castle.|
|A view from the top of the castle.|
|Just another detail|
|One of the nice staircases in the castle.|
|A view from the top over the surroundings. You can clearly see the agricultural adaptions to the terrain, which is used for olivetrees.|