Belvoir castle revisited: History and development

Rabei G. Khamisy, Moshe Bram

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Belvoir castle, among the best-preserved Frankish castles in the Levant, is built in a unique style, which contains two quadriburgia, one inside the other, forming ideal concentric defence. As a castle of this style, Belvoir is the earliest one known to us in the Levant where its two quadriburgia were built in one phase. Although Belvoir proved that it had a great resistance against attacks, the Franks never built another one in the same style in their areas along the eastern Mediterranean after 1187, at least according to our present knowledge. Later on, a similar but much smaller castle was built in Saranda Kolones in Cyprus. This article, unlike previous researches, suggests that there are two main phases of building on the castle and that it was very important as a strategic point for the Franks, which is not the case for the Muslims.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExploring Outremer Volume II
Subtitle of host publicationStudies in Crusader Archaeology in Honour of Adrian J. Boas
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9781000869156
ISBN (Print)9780367705596
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 selection and editorial matter, Rabei G. Khamisy, Rafael Y. Lewis, Vardit R. Shotten-Hallel; individual chapters, the contributors.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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