Days Out in the Galilee & Golan

Nimrod’s Fortress

Nimrod’s Fortress is located high over the Golan towards Mount Hermon. This Mameluk fortress is an amazing place to explore – find the secret passage and take in the stunning views, especially at sunset.

Nimrod’s Fortress was built in 1228 by the Governor of Banias to pre-empt any attempt by the Sixth Crusade to march on Damascus from Acre. At the end of the 13th century, following the Muslim conquest of Acre and the end of Crusader rule in the Holy Land, the fortress lost strategic value and fell into disrepair.

After the Ottoman Turks conquered the land in 1517, they used Nimrod’s Fortress as a luxury prison for Ottoman nobles who had been exiled to Palestine. The fortress was abandoned later in the 16th century and only local shepherds and their flocks were temporary guests within its walls. The fortress was damaged by an earthquake in the 18th century.

Nimrod’s Fortress is quite well preserved and, when standing on the ramparts, it isn’t necessary to be a senior general to understand the strategic value of the location.

It will be enjoyed by all the family and don’t forget to bring your camera.

For more views see Neve Ativ Photos

See Nimrod’s Fortress

See also Nature Reserves

Getting To Nimrod’s Fortress

Road 989 east of Kiryat Shemona

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