Syria completes Krak des Chevaliers' restoration
Damascus, Sep 15 (Prensa Latina) Restoration work on Syria's Krak des Chevaliers has been successfully completed in Homs province, reintegrating into the country a site declared a World Heritage Site since 2006.
The head of the Castle's Architecture Department, Hazem Hanna, noted that the works were carried out in the most damaged and dangerous places of the archaeological site in order to ensure a tour for visitors, whose number reached 23,000 in 2019.
Hanna indicated that the Hungarian mission of specialists, who have been collaborating in the works for years, could not continue cooperating due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He pointed out that when those experts return, the work on the water drainage system inside the site will be completed; as well as the process of documentation and restoration of the frescoes in the church tower.
Located in the central province of Homs, 162 kilometers north of Syria's capital, the construction of the castle dates from the year 1031 and was a symbol of the incursions and headquarters of the Crusaders or Knights Templar from 1,032 to 1,170.
According to experts, it is considered one of the best preserved fortress sites and an example of such constructions in the world, even when it suffered damage caused by terrorist groups between 2013 and 2014.
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