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Krak Des Chevaliers III

Krak Des Chevaliers III
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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: Architecture
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-12-07 15:48
Viewed: 2622
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
with my phobia of high places i needed to take rest of all those high places so i get inside a tunnel fortunately there was this arched doors there. and this view was 1st thing catch me when i was seating on the ground need me 15 mins till the guide finish his talking and move from down part and make me take this shot :) .
hope you like it my friends.... best regards Harout.
From the outside this fortress is intimidating in its grandeur and power. The south side of the Krak was the most vulnerable and Sultan Baybars added a strong bastion to it. The western side is quite ordinary with its curtain wall and five cylindrical towers strengthening it. The northern wing has a postern which is situated between two square shaped towers.

The defensive plan is featured by two separate lines of defence, an outer curtained wall with several cylindrical towers, and what is known as the inner ring. They are separated by a ditch except which runs around the inner ring except in the south where there is a reservoir. The inner fortress was used as the crusader castle. The entrance has a wide ramp and a vaulted passage that leads you to the outer ring and on to a platform that links to the inner castle. Large taluses were added to the southwest and east sides to strengthen the outer wall and to make it earthquake resistant. There is a small chapel to the east of the entrance that was transformed into a mosque by Baibars, and of that mosque remains a mihrab and three minbars. Opposite the chapel are three powerful towers that strengthen the south wall. The weakest of the towers was occupied by the Master (the Grand Master of the Order). There is a spiral staircase that takes you up into his room that is round and has a cross-ribbed vault, which is supported by columns. It is linked to the bastion by a two-story lodging that is of Gothic architecture, which was being used in France at the time. There are three beautiful windows that look out from both floors. The third and most impressive of the towers is linked to the keep by a massif instead of a wall, on which many war machines would be put (Catapults, etc.). From this tower, the five-sided erection that Baibars later altered could be controlled.

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Hi Harout!

Your note is funny. I have a fear of heights as well; my knees will shake.

You have really captured a great one here. This is an amazing POV! Very impressive and eloquently composed. Very well done my friend!


Hi, Harout. Nice POV and framing to get this pretty architectural sight, good sharpness and avery informative note. Agree in those days these were the only defenses against invaders. Cheers and TFS.

Hello Harout

I like the doorway used as a frame. Very sharp image.
Nice work my friend


Hello Harout,

Very nicely framed image! The architecture is so similar to what the Knights of St John have left behind here in Malta. Feels like I'm viewing a picture of the local bastions!
My compliments

Interesting composition and nice immage.
Good picture.well done.
Best regards.Alin.

Ciao Harout, great view of beautiful castle, wonderful natural frame, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • AndroK Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2110 W: 41 N: 0] (15189)
  • [2009-12-08 1:42]

Hi Harout...
Nice shot with so nice details of old architecture...
Nice presentation...

Merhaba Harout Bey,
What a superb historical place.Great natural frame.TFS.


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  • AKITA Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1523 W: 73 N: 86] (20294)
  • [2009-12-08 23:12]

dear Harout,
dark arch frame is very effective to show us the wonderful stone buildings,
pinkish colors of stones and blue sky are well contrasted in this arch frame, it is beautiful,
thank you for your excellent shot,

Hello Harout! Amazing arch, wonderful natural frame, excellent tower, perfect light and shadow, good contrast. Original work. Well done!

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  • bri Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 13 N: 1404] (6384)
  • [2009-12-09 11:16]

Hi Harout,
Excellent shot using the arch as a frame, beautiful PoV and detail. TFS

Hi Harout..nice artistic framing of this shot...well composed.


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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
  • [2009-12-12 14:34]
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Hi Harout!
Excellent capture with a fantastic POV!
Perfect sharpness and details. Very good framing.
Have a nice Sunday.
Ciao! Vanda :-))

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  • brubar Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 269 W: 43 N: 9] (1836)
  • [2009-12-21 20:28]

Ciao Harout,

the dark arc makes from natural frame the image. Good blow of eye and good realizaion of the idea

Saluti dall'Italia

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