Day 4: Trip to Musyaf, Qala'at Marqab and Krak des Chevaliers (1)
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The road and surroundings could not have been more different from yesterdayâ€™s. We were driving east instead of West, through the Orontes valley towards the Mediterranean sea. Not only was the weather bright and sunny, but we were also driving through forested hills now. We passed through several areas with farmland terraces on the slopes, envoking an impression of Asia.
Like yesterday Omar had arranged a breakfast stop for us (even though breakfast was included in the hotel).
Our first stop of today was Misyaf or Masyaf or Musyaf, whatever, there isn't a proper translation from Arabic to latin script. The castle is a small, picturesque, partially restored castle in the middle of the town of the same name.
The castle is not really a crusaders castle, in that it already existed before the crusaders came, but it was seized by the crusaders in the 12th century and amended and fortified. It didn't really help much, as less than 40 years later it was in the hands of muslims again and to become headquarters of an extreme group that called themselves the Assassins.
It is a nice and picturesque castle, beautifully located on a hill overlooking the green Orontes valley.