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Near Homs, this middle age castle from the chistian cruisade remains splendid. Built by Arabs in the late 11th century, but it was taken over by Christian crusaders and expanded. It was used by the crusaders for 127 years, then recaptured by the Mamluks from Egypt. This castle is one of the largest of its kind and is well preserved. Enough supplies were stored to last a 3,000 man army for up to five years.

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