Known also by its French Medieval name “Chastel Pelerin” or “Chateau Pelering” Atlit Fortress was built in 1218 by the Templar knights with the participations of pilgrims (hence its French name) to improve the Crusaders control of the coast of the Holy Land.
The fortress stood effectively against Muslim attacks, and was the last Crusaders stronghold in the Holy Land land to be taken by the Muslims, cleared in 1291.
It is located located about 13 km south of Haifa , but Unfortunately today the site is under military control and is off limits for civilians.
It can only be viewed from the distacne, although its ancient cemetery is still accesible. One of its tomb stones bears a relief of a big cross.
Book a Private Tour to Atlit Crusaders Fortress
Atlit Crusaders Fortress is located on the side of the road between Caesarea and Haifa . It is a military zone and so cannot be visited, but can be seen from the distance. Contact me for a full day tour that will include a visit to the site.
Points of Interest in the Area
|Atlit Detainee Camp|
|Day Tour to Caesarea and Haifa|