The Crusaders chose their site well: they called it Belvoir—"beautiful view"—and it was the most invincible fortress in the land. The Hebrew name Kochav Hayarden (the Star of the Jordan) and the Arabic Kaukab el Hauwa (the Star of the Wind) underscore its splendid isolation. Today it's part of Kochav Hayarden National Park. The breathtaking view of the Jordan River Valley and southern Sea of Galilee, some 1,800 feet below, is best in the afternoon. You don't need to be a military historian to marvel at the never-breached concentric walls.

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