Nimrod’s Fortress

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Nimrod’s Fortress

Nimrod’s fortress overlooks the Hula Valley. Referred to as “probably the most exquisite ruins in the world,” by Mark Twain, the fortress was initially called Qala'at al-Subeiba, "Castle of the Large Cliff" in Arabic.

History of Nimrod’s Fortress

Built around 1229 by Saladin’s nephew Al- Aziz Uthman, Nimrod’s fortress is a partially restored ruined Arab fortress located in the Northern Golan Heights. It was built in order to defend the route to Damascus during the crusades.

After the crusaders lost the Port of Acre to the Muslims in 1291, Nimrod’s Fortress lost its strategic value. It fell into disrepair until it was used again during the Ottoman period as a luxury prison for exiled Ottoman nobles.

Abandoned once more in the late 1500s, the fortress was destroyed in an earthquake in the 18th century.

Nimrod's Fortress was named for the hunter Nimrod, grandson of Noah, who was first mentioned in the book of Genesis. Sir Walter Raleigh discussed the "Land of Nimrod" in his History of the World (1616). Tradition says that Nimrod was the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel. Different versions of Nimrod are also recounted in Armenian and Hungarian legends, and in some stories, he was one of the founding fathers of the Free Masons. This area in the Golan Heights is, according to legend, where Nimrod hunted, and thus, the fortress is now called Nimrod's Fortress.

What is at Nimrod’s Fortress today?

Nimrod’s Fortress offers archeological ruins, a breathtaking view, and torchlight tours in August for those who wish to experience the castle at night.

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