Between 1099 and 1289, Arab rule was replaced by that of the Crusaders. They built citadel's along the coast, from Tripoli to the land of Tyre, while the inland remained in the hands of the Ayyubids . The offensive of the Mamluk sultan Baibars put an end to this Crusader interlude. Great builders, the Mamluks left a large number of civil and religious buildings: mosques, madrasas, khans, hammams.
The Crusaders captured the town in 1103 and built a castle but were driven out by the Ayyūbid sultan Saladin in 1189. The town subsequently sank into obscurity.
The ruins today consist of the Crusader fortifications and the gate.