Special Lecture: The Castle of Margat
February 24, 2010 04:00 PM
February 24, 2010 07:00 PM
February 24, 2010
from 04:00 pm to 07:00 pm
|Where||Fowler A153, A204, A139|
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The Castle of Margat: Excavating the world's largest Crusader fortress in Syria.
Professor Balázs Major
Associate Professor in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies of the Catholic University of Hungary and Director of the Syro-Hungarian Archaeological Mission
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Reception 4-5 pm, Fowler Building A153 and A204
Lecture 5 pm, Fowler Building A139
For further information, please call 310-206-8934.
Self parking is available at Lot 4 (Sunset Blvd and Westwood entrance to the campus) for $10. Free and open to the public.
The castle of Margat is amongst the largest and best preserved Crusader fortifications in the world. Standing on an extinct volcano in the coastland of present day Syria it comprises not only a magnificent castle but also a complete medieval town inside its double ring of walls.
Margat was once the most important fortress of the Hospitaller knights guarding the Christian territories of the principality of Antioch and the county of Tripoli and keeping in check the neighboring Muslim states amongst others the fearful sect of the Assassins.
The well illustrated presentation summarizes the most important results of the ongoing research ranging from building history, through military technology to such elements of the daily life as Crusader kitchen infrastructure.