Places in Syria
Crac des Chevaliers
Author Paul Theroux described Crac des Chevaliers as the epitome of the dream castle of childhood fantasies. TE Lawrence simply called it ‘the finest castle in the world’. Impervious to the onslaught of time, Crac des Chevaliers (in Arabic Qala’at al-Hosn) is one of Syria’s must-see sights. It was added to Unesco’s World Heritage list in 2006.
Legend has it that on a journey from Mecca, the Prophet Mohammed cast his gaze upon Damascus but refused to enter the city because he wanted to enter paradise only once – when he died. In this city of legend, which vies for the title of the world’s oldest continually inhabited city, this is but one of thousands of stories.
Tips and articles
Syria: travel books to read before you go
This excerpt from Lonely Planet’s Syria & Lebanon guide provides a selection of literature to get you in the mood for your trip...