Krak des Chevaliers is a Crusader castle in Syria, east of Tartus, and is considered one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world. The site was first inhabited in the 11th century by a settlement of Kurds; as a result it was known as Hisn al Akrad, meaning the “Castle of the Kurds”. In 1142 it was given by Raymond II, Count of Tripoli, to the Knights Hospitaller. It became known as Crac de l’Ospital; the name Krak des Chevaliers was coined in the 19th century.
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