National Geographic : 1933 Dec
0 Photograph by Maynard Owen Williams THE HOSPITALERS 7 GREAT KRAK DES CHEVALIERS IN SYRIA DEFIES TIME This castle had a garrison of 2,000 men-at-arms, although it could accommodate three times that number of inhabitants. Ithad stables for 1,000 horses, achapel, storerooms, cisterns, and several courtyards, as well as a salle, or assembly hall. It was surrendered to Bibars the Mameluke after his siege engines had battered down the corner tower by the aqueduct. The Moslems called it The Flame of the Franks. The master work of the Crusaders, itisthe best preserved (see pages 661, 681, 684).