Saone or Sahyoun or Saladin’s castle. This is perhaps the most stunningly located of all the castles in Syria and there are many contenders for the prize. Set on a spur between two ravines in the Jebel Ansariye, it is reached by a narrow, switchback road surrounded by sheer pine-clad drops on all sides. Built up by the Byzantines in the 10th century, it ended up in the hands of the French knight Robert of Saone (hence its name) but was taken by Saladin in 1188 hence another of it’s names. Sahyoun is merely the Arabic pronunciation of Saone.