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Krak Des Chevaliers

Krak Des Chevaliers
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Copyright: Harout Avakian (avakian_harout) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 165 W: 13 N: 203] (1631)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-23
Categories: Nature, Architecture
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/500 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-11-29 16:46
Viewed: 2058
Points: 14
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in last monday i stop to pray in st. Gorgeous with 700 years old church and befor i get inside the church this view just stopped me and couldn't resisting to no take a shot to " Krak Des Chevaliers " ...

The castle stands upon a southern spur of the Gebel Alawi, it stands on a massive outcrop overlooking the plain, and incorporates the remains of an earlier castle, known as Hosn al-Akrad, the Castle of the Kurds, after the Kurdish soldiers garrisoned there in the eleventh century (it was given to a Kurdish garrison by the Amir of Alepo in 1031). The castle that the Kurds erected was taken over by the Count of Toulouse in 1099 and then the Crusaders, commanded by Tancred of Antioch, captured it in 1110, and began a process of strengthening and enlarging the castle, until it could house a garrison of 2000. It was repeatedly attacked by the Saracens - in 1188 Saladin reportedly examined its defences and moved on without attempting to besiege it. Meanwhile, Krak passed into the keeping of the Count of Tripoli, who handed it on, in 1142, to the Knights Hospitallers (like the Templars and the Ransomers, a military religious order) from whom it took the name "des Chevaliers". They held it for 130 years, until it was besieged and, after a month-long siege, captured by the Mameluke Sultan Beibars, on April 8th 1271 >>>>
more info will be with next shots :) ..... have a nice week ... Harout.

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Hi Harout!

Another photo to show us the world. This is something that I would otherwise never seen. Amazing view, great note, focus, POV and DOF!


Hello Harout! Wonderful countryside. Amazing landscape and very interesting architecture. Nice lightness, very nice colours. Good long POV. Perfect exposure. Good luck!

perfect tones of green
crusader army, their last place of stay
I was impressed here too
the world's most well-protected fortress

Hello Harout;

Very nice architecture photo and information note, congratulation,



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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-12-06 23:00]

dear Harout,
a beautiful view shot of wonder castle and village on the hill,
the slope looks mild and makes splendid landscape,
the view from the castle must be superb.
clear blue sky and deep green forest are very nice,
thank you for your excellent shot,

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-12-07 15:25]
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Hi Harout,
Nice PoV on this one, well positioned in frame and good light. TFS

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-12-12 14:32]

Hi Harout!
Beautiful shot of the " Krak Des Chevaliers "
Very good POV and nice presentation.
Ciao! Vanda

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