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Known as Krak de Chavaliers in the West, this is one of the most important preserved medieval military castles in the world. It was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller during the Crusades. It was expanded between 1150 and 1250 and eventually housed a garrison of 2,000. The inner curtain wall is up to 100 feet thick at the base on the south side, with seven guard towers 30 feet in diameter. (thanks wiki)

This view shows it overlooking the town that has grown around its base.

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