|A medieval window seat with delicate tracery; crusader castle of St. Hilarion on Cyprus|
We know from the written record and from the few fragments of art that survive that the Kings of Jerusalem and other Christian rulers invested huge sums in the construction/re-construction and decoration of churches first and foremost. We also know the luxury in which the elites in the crusader states lived attracted censure as well as awe from Western pilgrims, suggesting that secular buildings were likewise beautifully decorated.
|The crusader cloisers at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem|
|One of Jerusalem's covered markets; some of which date back to the reign of Queen Melisende|
|Mosaics in the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, dating to the reign of Baldwin III|
(apologies for the poor quality of the picture, I took it myself in March 2014)
|Two examples of Byzantine Art; St. George was a particularly popular subject in the Crusader Kingdoms|
|A Medieval Manuscript Illustration Depicting the First Crusade|
The fragments of crusader art that survive are pitiably little, a mere whisper of what must have been a rich and distinct artistic heritage formed by the cross-fertilization of various cultures and artistic traditions at the ancient cross-roads of civilization on the eastern edge of the Mediterranean.
Learn more about crusader society at: Balian d'Ibelin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem.