Nimrod Fortress (Arabic: “Qal’at al-Subeiba” – Castle of the large Cliff, or “Qal’at Namrud” – Nimrod’s Castle), is a medieval castle located on a slope which monitors the road ascending from Caesarea Philippi (Banias) to Damascus.
It was believed to be built by the Crusaders, but excavations proved it was all built by Muslims, to defend Damascus from a potential attack of the Crusaders, especially in the time of the Sixth crusade.
Nimrod Fortress was first built by Al-Aziz Othman, the second son of Saladin, in 1229, yet strenghthened later by the Mamluk ruler Baibars and his representative Bilik.
After the fall of the Crusaders kingdom the fortress lost is strategic value. It was used shortly as a prison by the Ottoman Turks, yet by the end of the 16th century it was abanodoned, and later damaged by earthquakes.
Druze who settled in its area nick named it “Nimrod’s Castle”.
The fortress is in an exceptional good state of preservation and is perhaps the best example of Medieval castles in the Holy Land.
|Nimrod Fortress on Wikipedia|
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Points of Interest in the Area
|Caesarea Philippi (Banias)|
|Banias hike and water fall|