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The Place
This is one of the most famous medieval citadel in the world, Crac des Chevaliers (Qal'at Al-Hosn in Arabic) near Homs, Syria. It was built by the Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem from 1142 to 1271. Some detailed information here.

Background
On my way back from Aleppo to Damascus I stopped over in Homs, and from there took a mini bus to the fortress. Really impressive site, this is one of the best preserved ruins of the crusaders. I am glad that the Syrians have conserved this place well, despite the bitter memories that it might bring. In some other countries, symbols of past occupation or other’s religious have been destroyed.
Yet, this place is quite far from the beaten track, and at that time I didn’t see good places to stay overnight in order to catch better lights for photography. Maybe Syrians could also mount a “light & sound” show like the Egyptians in Giza and Karnak. Just an idea because this place has a lot of potential.

Technical
- Scanned film
- Noise reduction
- Gray scale, tritone
- curves, contrast, resize, sharpening, framing

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Additional Photos by Jorge Muller (Bruno40) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 952 W: 106 N: 1451] (6658)
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