Things to Do in Tartus Governorate, Syria - Tartus Governorate Attractions

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  • Vista Travel
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    Krak des Chevaliers: is a medieval castle in Syria and one of the most important preserved medieval castles in the world
    Written May 20, 2023
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  • Yucef-G-Badr
    Beirut, Lebanon409 contributions
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    Now converted to a museum, this Church dates back to when the crusaders ruled Tartous, it's worth a visit while in the city...
    Written January 8, 2024
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  • Mathias S
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    Arwad is the ancient Phoenician Arados city.
    It is mostly reknown for something else, though. It was the last fortress of the crusaders in Syria-Palestine (apart from Cilicia), it lasted until 1301, for 11 years longer than Acre (Acco), the capital of the Kingdom of Jerusalem, and was abandoned because a new crusade was unlikely, and there was no source of fresh water on the island.

    The island, reached from Tartus on a boat, is completely covered with buildings. There are two forts on it. The bigger one, in yellowish stone, is perhaps not very big, but it's nice, with courtyard and some palms within. One can walk on its walls and see the sunset over the sea.
    Written April 13, 2019
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  • rwyhuang
    Toronto, Canada532 contributions
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    Saladin Citadel is this breathtaking castle that incorporates details from various periods - crusader, Franco-influence, Muslim occupation - and so evokes lots of historic detailing. It is hidden in between the greenest mountain forests overlooking expansive valleys. The castle is enchanting to walk through - all the way up to the terrace where you get the best views. This was a joy to visit.
    Written September 8, 2019
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  • Mathias S
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    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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  • THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
    Damascus, Syria3,854 contributions
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    Whenever one visits the Old Seaside City of Tartous you should spend sometime in the old walled city which has a commanding view of the Mediterranean Sea. It is a MUST VISIT SITE that you will not be disappointed in viewing and touring.
    As one may know and appreciate Syria is the location of the two “Oldest Continually Inhabited Cites”: Damascus and Aleppo. Now Tartous is not as old as these two cities, but the tour of the Old ramparts is well worth the outing and visit.
    Tartous, is in some cases, more unique than Damascus and Aleppo as it is directly on the Mediterranean Sea and offers many old street views and old archways.
    So if you do have time to visit the seaside city of Tartous you must make time to visit the Old Seaport section of this city! You will not be disappointed…trust me…
    Written November 18, 2020
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  • THOMASFROMDAMASCUS
    Damascus, Syria3,854 contributions
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    Al Dawayat Cave is located near the mountain village of Mashtar Helu which is about 35 km from the coastal city of Tartus. This cave is really a nice place to visit when you are touring or visiting this area of Northwest Syria.
    We were told about this cave while we were enjoying a great lunch just outside of the village called: Mashtar Helu.
    The caves location was fairly easy to find. It also has a small gift and coffee shop just before the entrance down to the cave. We paid 500 Syrian Lira or about 0.25 USD as the token entrance fee and then the caretaker switched on the electric generator to provide the lighting inside the cave.
    There are only a few steps down and within the cave the steps are quite easy to walk and navigate.
    In my research on this splendid cave I discovered the name Al-Dawayat is derived from the five small openings in the roof that allow sunlight into the cave. Also, in many areas along the caves roof you can see the large black roots of the trees above, making an eerie and strange sight. The roots almost appeared to be snakes creeping along the roof!
    Also, Al-Dawayat Cave is the oldest cave in all of Syria.
    There are many major stalagmites or stalactites to view and most have formed lovely columns over the past 20 million years. All the views inside the cave are very nice as the lighting is professional thus making ones photos very striking and stunning.
    The other advantage of visiting this cave in the summer is that the indoor temperature was a cool 19 C.
    You will not be disappointed in visiting the Al-Dawayat Cave, trust me!
    Written June 22, 2020
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