List of Crusader castles

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Krak des Chevaliers was built during the 12th and 13th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller with later additions by Mamluks. It is a World Heritage Site.[1]

This is a list of castles in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, founded or occupied during the Crusades. For crusader castles in Poland and the Baltic states, see Ordensburg.

Sidon's Sea Castle built by the crusaders as a fortress of the holy land in Sidon, Lebanon.

Crusader states[edit]

Geographic location on today's map[edit]

Crusader castles by modern states[edit]


Kyrenia Castle




The remains of Belvoir Castle
Monfort castle


Montreal (Shaubak)

Doubtful proposals[edit]

Discarded proposals[edit]

  • Jarash: the Temple of Artemis was reused as a castle by the Damascenes and destroyed by Baldwin II of Jerusalem, was therefore not used by the Crusaders.[7]


Crusader castle in the village of Toron, Lebanon



The remains of Margat

Discarded proposals[edit]

  • Nimrod Fortress, Arabic names Qal'at Nimrud and Qal'at as-Subayba; Ayyubid castle expanded by Baibars, built to protect the road to Damascus from Crusaders and Muslim rivals; wrongly believed to be a Crusader castle.
  • Qasr Bardawil, wrongly identified for a while as the Castle of al-Al


The ruins of Bagras Castle, viewed from the southeast
The ruins of Amouda Castle

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Crac des Chevaliers and Qal'at Salah El-Din, UNESCO, retrieved 2010-11-08
  2. ^ a b c Ellenblum, Ronnie (2007). Crusader Castles and Modern Histories. Cambridge University Press. p. 173. ISBN 9781139462556. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  3. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 107.
  4. ^ Husseini, Rana (December 18, 2016). "Death toll in Karak attacks rises to 14, including four terrorists". Jordan Times. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 98.
  6. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 105.
  7. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 2.
  8. ^ Belhacem
  9. ^ "Qalaat Areimeh | Monuments of Syria أوابد سورية".
  10. ^ "Burj al-Sabi".
  11. ^ " - Cursat Castle".
  12. ^ Ravanda Castle
  13. ^ Trapesac castle
  14. ^ Tumlu


  • Pringle, Denys (1997). Secular Buildings in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: An Archaeological Gazetteer. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521460101.