Project

Strengthening and repair of the knights tower of Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

Kreuzritterburg Krak des Chevaliers in Syrien

Krak des Chevaliers is one of the most famous castles in the world. It was constructed mainly in the twelfth century during the crusaders invasion to the holy land. The castle is situated nearby Homs (Syria) on a mountain of 671 m height.

The castle suffers from many structural problems and damages, especially at the Knights Tower where the structure was highly damaged by trees and weathering so that the eastern façade was impressively cracked and decayed.

The tasks of the project were to fulfil the survey, the documentation of the damages and their causes at the Knights Tower, to plan and complete the restoration of the east facade, besides training a selected Syrian engineer’s team to use the new investigation and restoration technology.

Through this work a case study was done for the Knights Tower in which further suggestions was given for the roof waterproofing as well as the used materials.

The project was supported by European Commission and financed by European Union. The work took place from March to August 2004.

Coordination and consultation in:

  • Survey
  • Damage assessment and mapping / recording
  • Sample taking, verification and evaluation
  • Analysis of state of construction
  • Grouting, anchoring and joints refilling
  • Stone replacing
  • Roof waterproofing

Builder:
Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums Ministry of Culture Damascus, Syria

Project partners:
Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums Ministry of Culture Damascus, Syria

Delegation of the European Commission Abou Roumaneh

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