After restoring calm to the region of Krak des Chevaliers in Homs, the DGAM's cadres managed to access the castle and identify the nature of the internal damage inflicted due to the crisis:
- the destruction of the staircase in front of the internal building of the fort and the halls completely.
- partial damage in the façade of the Hall of the Knights.
- some damage to the decorations and arches inside the Hall of the Knights.
- traces of fire behind the church.
- damage in the library hall opposite the leader's tower and a part of the staircase leading to the roof of the library hall.
- damage in the façade of the king's daughter tower.
- partial destruction in the wall located between the king's daughter tower and the roof of the church.
- partial destruction in the entrance to the stairs in front of Qalawun tower; damage and destruction in some part of the tower.
- damage in one wall of the warehouse next to the main offices of the castles overlooking the courtyard.
- the destruction of a part of pillar supporting the ceiling of the library tower opposite the tower of the knights.
- severe damage in the office of the Ottoman House as well as the administration offices.
- partial damage and the destruction of some walls in several places of the castle.
- minor damage in the outer wall of the castle.
Krak des Chevaliers is considered one of the greatest and most famous castles in the world due to its unique architecture in terms of the defense facilities, building materials and decorations. It is best preserved castle in the world, as well. In 2006, it was inscribed on the List of World Heritage along with the Citadel of Saladin, Lattakia, down to its great historical, architectural and archaeological significance.
The castle is distinguished for its geographical and natural location. It is surrounded by deep valleys with its towers overlooking the sea in the west, the plains and lakes of Homs in the east and Akkar Mountains in the south.
The castle consists of two walls, inner and outer separated by a water trench. What adds more importance to Krak des Chevaliers is the combination it represents between two models of military architecture. Moreover, it sheds light on the nature of the architecture of castles and fortification of the Middle Ages.
In the following we show the photos received by the DGAM: