Richard the Lionheart castle
Krak des Chevaliers Travel Blog› entry 11 of 38 › view all entries
early - again - from
of the day will be the castle Crac des Chevaliers. Richard the Lionheart once
stayed her during his crusades in the holy land.
Driving up to the castle turned out to be a bit of a problem apparently there had been a minor landslide on the main road so I kind of feared it would be a 2-3 hour long hike up some dodgy road to get to the castle - but fortunately there were a back road leading up to the castle so only with a minor delay I got there.
was the Crac des Chevaliers.
The castle was the biggest stronghold for the crusaders protecting the road from the coast inland.
There at the castle wandering around - I agree Lawrence of Arabia were truly right - it is a magnificent castle with it outer and inner wall and the space between them. The giant dark halls where the soldiers lived. The total garrison number about 4.000 when it was up to its full number. They had there own water supply and enough stocks of food for the men and hay for the horses to stay inside the castle for an unknown period in case of a siege.
From the top of the towers there is a splendid view over the surrounding landscape and you can see how difficult it would be to take the castle by storm even if you had superior numbers. That's the reason the castle were never conquered but taken by a trick by the Arabs convincing the crusader garrison that they had been ordered by their superiors to surrender the castle.
After lunch at the castle cafe it would be time to hit the road and let this fairytale castle behind to protect its surrounding against whatever enemy would approach it.