List of Crusader castles

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Krak des Chevaliers was built during the 12th and 13th centuries by the Knights Hospitaller with later additions by Mamluks. It is a World Heritage Site.[1]

This is a list of castles in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, founded or occupied during the Crusades. For crusader castles in Poland and the Baltic states, see Ordensburg.

Sidon's Sea Castle built by the crusaders as a fortress of the holy land in Sidon, Lebanon.

Crusader states[edit]

Geographic location on today's map[edit]

Crusader castles by modern states[edit]


Kyrenia Castle



The remains of Belvoir Castle
Monfort castle

Discarded proposals[edit]

  • Nimrod Fortress, Arabic names Qal'at Nimrud and Qal'at as-Subayba; Ayyubid castle expanded by Baibars, built to protect the road to Damascus from Crusaders and Muslim rivals; wrongly believed to be a Crusader castle; now a national park


Montreal (Shaubak)

Doubtful proposals[edit]

Discarded proposals[edit]

  • Jarash: the Temple of Artemis was reused as a castle by the Damascenes and destroyed by Baldwin II of Jerusalem, was therefore not used by the Crusaders.[4]


Crusader castle in the village of Toron, Lebanon


The remains of Margat


The ruins of Bagras Castle, viewed from the southeast

See also[edit]