List of Crusader castles

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.

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

Crusader statesEdit

Geographic location on today's mapEdit

Crusader castles by modern statesEdit


Kyrenia Castle




The remains of Belvoir Castle
Monfort castle

Discarded proposalsEdit

  • 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 proposalsEdit

Discarded proposalsEdit

  • 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.[6]


Crusader castle in the village of Toron, Lebanon


The remains of Margat


The ruins of Bagras Castle, viewed from the southeast

West Bank, PalestineEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din, UNESCO, retrieved 2010-11-08
  2. ^ a b c Ellenblum, Ronnie (2007). Crusader Castles and Modern Histories. Cambridge University Press. p. 173. ISBN 9781139462556. Retrieved 7 June 2020.
  3. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 107.
  4. ^ Husseini, Rana (December 18, 2016). "Death toll in Karak attacks rises to 14, including four terrorists". Jordan Times. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  5. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 98.
  6. ^ Pringle 1997, p. 2.
  7. ^ Press, Associated (June 7, 1995). "CASTLE BUILT BY CRUSADERS FOUND IN BEIRUT". Deseret News.
  8. ^ "Qalaat Areimeh | Monuments of Syria أوابد سورية".
  9. ^ " - Cursat Castle".


  • Pringle, Denys (1997). Secular Buildings in the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem: An Archaeological Gazetteer. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521460101.