ZS26: the Nostalgic Qalaat Al Hosn

Visiting Qalaat al Hosn or al Hosn Citadel aka Crac des Chevaliers was not actually in our main agenda. It was suggested by Amir that, since we were within the vicinity, might as well we just peep in. Yes, why not? I succumbed to Amir’s recommendation. The uphill ride was superb, entertained by the spectacular greenery view of the valley. Amid the freezing dawn, we finally arrived at the peak around 18:45 hours. The castle or citadel was closed.
Crac des Chevaliers, literally means "Fortress of the Knights" is famous for having served as the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller in Syria during the Crusades. Today the Krak des Chevaliers is an important tourist attraction in Syria. It is also important to scholars because it is contains the best preserved examples of Crusader art anywhere in the world.
On the way to the Hosn Castle, we met this gorgeous charming ‘woman’ on her way back home. She was amazed by our presence and craze.
This group or flock of ‘bulats’ – a nickname we gave to the Syrian fluffy sheep – ushered by the master to their ‘home’. Let us call it a day!