The dramatic views of this towering, burly fortress, appearing and disappearing behind each curve of the narrow road that leads to it, are part of the treat of a visit to Nimrod's Fortress (Kal'at Namrud). Once you're there, the fortress commands superb vistas, especially through the frames of its arched windows and the narrow archers' slits in its walls. Nimrod's Fortress is a highlight for kids, with a ladder down to a vaulted cistern, a shadowy spiral staircase, and
unexpected nooks and crannies. A path leads up to the fortress's central tower, or keep, where the feudal lord would have lived.
In 1218, the Mameluke warlord al-Malik al-Aziz Othman built this fortress to guard the vital route against a Crusader reconquista after their 1187 defeat. It changed hands between Muslims and Christians in the succeeding centuries, as both vied for control of the region.
Nimrod's Fortress National Park, Rte. 989, Kiryat Shmona, 1243200, Israel
Oct 6, 2011
We recently returned from a trip to Israel with our 13 year old granddaughter and Nimrod's Fortress was a definite highlight. No tour buses, almost no tourists....just a magical spot to explore for a couple of hours. Many of the ruins are surprisingly well-preserved. It's a fantastic spot for kids, and while there's some climbing and a lot of walking involved, it's a great place even for grandparents! We've explored a lot of ruins of castles in
Europe and this definitely rivals them.