Crusader

Areimah

Arwad

Bakas

Bodrum, Turkey

Burj al-Sabi

Burzey

Krak

Marqab

Mehelbeh

Safita

Saone

Sobak , Jordan

Yahmur

Muslim

Ajlun, Jordan

Aleppo

Bosra

Damascus

Ibn Maan

Jaber

Mudiq

Najim

Rahba

Sukara

Assassins

Masyaf

Qadmus

Al-Kahf

Maniqa

Abu Qbeis

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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

View of castle from Distance

View of castle from a closer distance

Courtyard of castle

Donjon of the castle

Doorways inside of the castle

Gate of the Castle

Highest point of surviving castle walls

Inscription near entrance

Inscription 2 over doorway to tower

Inscription 3 on top of tower

Castle vault in light and darkness

Arrow loop in castle wall

Vaults of the castle

Walls of the castle

 

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.