Crac des Chevalier, Syria

This former Crusader castle housed the French Hospitalers until about 1260 when the castle was overtaken by Mamluk forces. It sits in the Homs gap, an area that is currently under seige. Sadly, there is a YouTube video showing the bombing of this castle in 2013. Long ago, the Mamluks fought and won battles here against the Ilkhanid Mongols. This is the setting of my novel-in-progress.