the east of Lattakia, 410 m above
sea level, the Saladin castle is situated on a
ledge surrounded by two natural ditches what makes
the castle impregnable, provided the draw-bridge has been pulled up.
The castle has remains from
Byzantinian days. Before crusaders took the
castle, it was the apple of discord
between the Byzantinians and the Hamadani.
castle was built as fortress under the rule
of crusader Robert de Saône, then taken by
Salah ed-Din and enlarged. It is now being
restored on a large scale.