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Nimrod Fortress National Park (Qal‘at Namrud)
18.8.2013
Vulture nesting site and amazing view
Nimrod Fortress National Park (Qal‘at Namrud)
Level of difficulty:       easy
Walkers  
Nimrod Fortress National Park is an impressive site located on the slopes of Mount Hermon above the Banias Spring. Every corner of the fortress affords glimpses of forested valleys and marvelous vistas.

The fortress, also known by its Arabic name, Qala‘at Subeiba, was built in 1228 by Al-Maliq al-‘Aziz ‘Othman, the governor of Banias, to block passage to the army of Friedrich II, who
threatened to march from Acre to Damascus. The fortress was built simply at first, but after its conquest by the Mamluk Sultan Beibars it grew huge and sophisticated. The touring route passes through the monumental gate, behind which is a gigantic lintel with a large, impressive inscription mentioning Beibars’ construction of the fortress in 1275. A toilet from the period can be seen next to the gate-tower. In 1998, a large stone was discovered on which the image of a panther, Beibars’ heraldic symbol, was carved.

The path continues through imposing guard towers and cisterns to the donjon (fortified tower), built as a fortress within the fortress. Especially interesting is the fortress’ secret passageway, made of giant stones, which exits through a doorway well-concealed from the outside.
How to get there:
On road 989 between Kiryat Shmona and Mount Hermon; 30 minutes from Kiryat Shmona.
Useful information
Length of tour:two hours
Best season:year-round
Don't miss:Sunset from the Nimrod Fortress, the secret passageway
Other facilities and attractions:Lookout, snack bar
Hours:April-September 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
October-March 8 A.M.-4 P.M.

Last entry one hour before above closing hour
Phone:04-694-9277

Fax / Email:04-695-0877
Entrance fee:Adult: NIS 22; child: NIS 10
Group rate (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 19; child: NIS 8.

Combination tickets are available for the Nimrod Fortress and Banias (Hermon Stream):
Adult: NIS 41; child: NIS 20.
Group rate (over 30 people): Adult NIS 36; child: NIS 19
Israeli senior citizen: 50% discount
Student 19 NIS
Entrance to dogs:no entrance to dogs
Accessibility:
For updated information on fees and operation hours please contact our information center- *3639 from inside Israel or +972-2-5006261- from abroad or email moked@npa.org.il

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