18 February 2001
Medieval Era Archaeological Sites
Crusader Era Sites in Greater Syria
Masyaf / Massiat/ "Castle of the Assassins"
Roman and Byzantine castles built upon this specific highpoint
1103 Captured by Crusaders
1140 Becomes the center for Ismaelis under the leadreship of Sinan
1176 Saladin besieges castle
1270 Mamluk Sultan Baybars provokes a revolt by dismissing the Ismaeli Grand Master
GPS information for Masyaf:
1. Door to the castle
North 35o 03.940' and East 036o 20.583'
Approximate elevation of 1684 ft.
2. Gate to the castle
North 35o 03.946' and East 036o 20.569'
Approximate elevation of 1685 ft.
3. Inscription inside of castle
North 35o 03.967' and East 036o 20.605'
Approximate elevation of 1839 ft.
4. Inscription associated with tower
North 35o 04.003' and East 036o 20.608'
Elevation of 1762 ft.
5. Masyaf Middle Tower
North 35o 03.984' and East 036o 20.600'
Elevation of 1804 ft.
6. Masyaf inscription
North 35o 03.965' and East 036o 20.580'
Elevation of 1747 ft.