The Templar Fortress of Tartous

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The Templar Fortress of Tartous

The Templar Fortress of Tartous
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Mathias S
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Suprisingly many medieval remains, at least compared to Latakia
May 2018 • Friends
Originally Tartus was Antarados, a city vis-a-vis Arados island. It was in ruins when Byzantine emperor Basil the Bulgar-Slayer captured it. Its better-known history start when Raymond of Tolouse (St Gilles) captured it in early 11th century. It was thus the main city of the crusaders' county of Tripoli, before the Tripoli itself was captured, several years later. At a point it was temporily a capital of an independant crusader county. It was called Tortosa back then.

While another Syrian port, Latakia, is devoid of crusader remains, there are a few in Tartus. There's a crusader-era cathedral, later turned into a mosque. Not very interesting, covered in pigeon poo. But nice. There's a reasonably cheap hotel ran by an Orthodox guy in front of it.
There's some palace on the shore, and in the city you can see some building doors etc in a Gothic style. In one place there's a large Gothis ceiling with modern buildings springing next to it.
There's some mosque on the shore which allegedly used to be a church, but it can not be seen.

In general, although the city seemed neglected, I enjoyed it. Much better than Latakia.
Written April 13, 2019
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Ben A
Aleppo, Syria7 contributions
Amazing, historic, and completely devoid of tourists!
Oct 2017 • Couples
My wife and I had wanted to visit Tartous for years after seeing the old city in a documentary about the Knights Templar. Finally, in October 2017, we visited. Wandering around the labyrinth of alleys and jumbled remains of the fortress was fascinating - the ancient architecture is astonishingly beautiful, and what makes it more intriguing is how people have built homes into what remains. It's not the cleanest place, but it's a wonderful place to explore, and all the local people we met were extremely friendly and were also amazed to see foreign visitors wandering around. This place should be a huge attraction in Tartous - it's for sure a must-see location. Don't even think about leaving the city without going!
Written October 29, 2017
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