I wonder if the tower still exists ????
Built by the Knights Templar during the Crusades. In French its know as Chastel Blanc (Arabic: Burj Safita or Safita Tower).
A page from my travel diary.
felt-tip pen sketch.
In 1999 all that remained of Chastel Blanc was the central tower or donjon.
Originally it was surrounded by two defensive walls which were typical in Crusader architecture.
When this drawing was done, the tower was a Greek Orthodox church dedicated to St Michael.
I wonder if it's been converted to a Mosque, destroyed by ISIS, or bombed by who knows who???
All very sad.
Safita's location on the Mediterranean coast of Syria
This pic was taken in 1905 by Gertrude Bell