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The construction of this castle was accomplished in 1030. Sources indicate that it was built for the Bey of Homs. This castle should serve to watch over the trade-route between the sea-coast and the interior.

 

Three construction steps visibly coin the appearance of the castle. Numbering among the oldest buildings, the inner castle-court was extended by the so called front hall (before the knights hall), boasting early gothic elements.

You can still recognize three construction periods. Beside the gate leading to the amplification of Baibar, there are two lions in half relief. This has often been misinterpreted as heraldic figure of Richard the Lionhearted. It is however Baibar's coat of arms with tigers.

 

 

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