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Nimrod Fortress

The Nimrod Fortress is an ancient fortress situated in the northern Golan Heights of Israel, on a ridge rising about 800 m (2600 feet) above sea level.

 

The fortress was built around 1229 to pre-empt any attempt on Damascus by the Sixth Crusade.

 

After the Ottoman Turks conquered the land in 1517, they used the fortress as a luxury prison for Ottoman nobles who had been exiled to Palestine. The fortress was abandoned later in the 16th century and only local shepherds and their flocks were temporary guests within its walls.

 

Today, visitors can explore the excavated and restored portions of the fortress.

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Taken on August 18, 2007