Knights Templar

Tortosa captured by Saladin
Saladin during a siege ©Angus McBride
1188 Jan 1

Tortosa captured by Saladin

Tartus‎, Syria

The city of Tortosa was recaptured by Saladin in 1188, and the main Templar headquarters relocated to Cyprus. However, in Tortosa, some Templars were able to retreat into the keep, which they continued to use as a base for the next 100 years. They steadily added to its fortifications until it also fell, in 1291. Tortosa was the last outpost of the Templars on the Syrian mainland, after which they retreated to a garrison on the nearby island of Arwad, which they held for another decade.


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