Citadel Saint Gilles (Qal'at Sinjil)

Citadel Saint Gilles (Qal'at Sinjil)

Citadel Saint Gilles (Qal'at Sinjil)
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Nora1291
Switzerland807 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
The Citadel looks like some other forts built by the crusaders in the Middle East. The view is nice and several tanks of the Lebanese army where parked in front of the building with some soldiers around.
The entrance fee was six dollars, but nobody got a ticket. We where just let in. Strange.
Written 12 July 2023
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Roula
Lebanon485 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Qala'at Tarablus (Citadel of Raymond de Saint-Giles) towers over Tripoli and the river. You can see the Fruit/veggies market underneath as well as all the close houses.
The Crusader Castle was originally built in 1103, burnt down in 1297, rebuilt in 1307 by the Ottomans.
You enter thru an engraved Ottoman gateway, then a Crusader's bridge. It is fairly intact, and quite large with a museum inside.
Part of the castle is occupied by the army and you see tanks parked by the entrance.
If in Tripoli it's a must see
Written 27 January 2023
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Halcatra
Edinburgh, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We started our visit in Tripoli here, early in the morning. It was amazing! The fortress is almost intact, it is a pleasure walking through different part of it. The citadel dominates over the city as it was built at the hill. The views are stunningly. You can see how dense the population of the city is, there is a building by building. I definitely recommend visiting the fortress.
Written 19 February 2020
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WEWEWEA
World992 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
After being stuck in traffic for some time we arrived just 30 minutes before closing and were allowed to enter the picturesque Citadel free of charge to have a quick look and take some beautiful pictures. Free parking along the street. Highly recommended!
Written 27 December 2019
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Simon B
Abingdon, UK19 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Although the citadel was partly occupied by the military with their three tanks parked outside, there was plenty to see of the Castle with at least two towers dating back to the Crusades. The museum is well laid out with very interesting information. The views over Tripoli are superb and from the front gate the Souk is easily accessible on foot.
Written 22 December 2019
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Africa Eddie
Sydney, Australia9,634 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
I didn't have time to visit but driving through Tripoli to my destination the Citadel was pointed out to me. It dominates the highest point of Tripoli and goes forever.
Written 8 June 2019
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Bede46
Hull, MA163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Enjoyed this trip to a mostly intact crusader fortress now in use by the Lebanese Army. The view of Tripoli from the top of the fortress is worth the mild climb and the juxtaposition of modern tanks with the fortress is a great photo op.
Written 1 May 2019
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Mathias S
333 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Solo
The name of the fort comes from Raymond St Gilles (Raymond of Toulouse). St Gilles was his favourite possession in France. He participated in the first crusade, deeming himself its leader. He was proposed the rule over Jerusalem, but he refused, and he was not asked twice, which apparently made him angry, because he did wanted to rule - something. He decided to become the ruler of Tripoly and declared himself its count, although it was only his son who captured it, after his death. To besiege Tripoli, he constructed a fort next to it, since then known by his sobriquet - St Gilles.

When the mamluks captured Tripoli in 1289, they were afraid of a new crusader attack, so they razed the coastal city and rebuilt it further away from the shore, around the St Gilles fortress.

The fortress rises above the city, and is on a slope of some river, in a nice place. It has powerful walls (undoubly Mamluk ones or even later), and a small courtyard. It is very impressive, but not very beautiful. There is a nice view on the city from the walls, and some cannons there.
Written 13 April 2019
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Leon
Seville, Spain5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
I visited the Saint Gilles Citadel in March 2019 and it was an amazing visit. From the top platform, you had an awesome 180ish degree vista over the city, you could see all the different districts of the city (souqs) and it was possible to walk all through the ruins of this castle.
My guide, a local Lebanese fellow, described it well: The crusaders from Europe were celebrated as heroes back home, but from the perspective of the arabic culture, they were monsters, torturing and killing helpless people. To see this huge castle on top of a city, where there are little wars every few months, leaves a huge impact on you.

The visit was amazing though, the price was 5000LBP/person, I would calculate about 25-30 minutes for the entire visit!
Written 28 March 2019
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Anne R
Lucerne, Switzerland194 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
A great cultural sight - great to step back in time and just enjoy this beautiful place by waking slowly around and just see with your eyes all the details. A must see!
Written 2 March 2019
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