In the summer of 1909, Thomas Edward Shaw, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, left England and spent three months in Syria. He wanted to visit the crusader castles on foot. He reached the Krak des Chevaliers on his 21st birthday. Filled with wonder, he called it the "most beautiful castle, the most picturesque in the world". (paragraph likely to be deleted)
In 1999, the Krak became protected under the Syrian Antiquities Law and in 2006 became a World Heritage site. Between 2012 and 2014, it was the headquarters of the rebellion and was repeatedly bombarded before being retaken by Bashar al-Assad's army. Many of its structures were damaged. The monument is currently included on the List of World Heritage in Danger and a digital reconstruction is being created of the monument in its entirety and, in particular, the parts that have been destroyed.
Le monument figure, aujourd’hui, sur la "Liste du patrimoine en péril" de l'UNESCO et fait l’objet de travaux de restitution numérique de l’ensemble du monument et en particulier des parties détruites.
We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the construction of this journey through "Eternal Sites" and those who have given us valuable time and information as well as permission to reproduce their documentation.