Dear friends, unfortunately circumstances don't allow me to participate fully in life of PF, to make comments on all your works and to put my ones:( Also I don't know, when all will rise on the places, and whether will rise in general. I am sorry for the inattention... Success to all!
I wish to show you one of my the most favourite places - fortress Nimrod:)
Known in arabic as Qala't es-Subeiba, the Nimrod fortress is named after the brave biblical hunter - Nimrod, who, according to tradition, could sit on the summit and reach
out his hand to take water from the Banias stream...
The fortress is situated at the foot of mount Hermon, at an altitude of 815 m above sea level. It was built on a long, narrow ridge, surrounded by the deep wadis of Guvta in the north and Sa'ar in the south, the latter forming the border between the basalt rocks
of the Golan and the limestone of the Hermon.
Its location was of strategic importance, commanding a view of the city of Banias and controlling the
important road to Damascus. The fortress, reaching 420 m in length and 150 m in width, is the largest in the country.
Until several years ago, it was generally accepted that the fortress was built by the Damascus rulers at the beginning of 12-th century, and that it passed hands back and forth from crusaders to the muslims,
having been settled at some stage by an extremist Shi'ite sect called "hassisians".
Recent studies, however, have indicated that the fortress was build by the muslim ruler El-Malik El-Aziz Utman at the beginning of 13-th century. It was enlarged and renovated
by the Mameluke Sultan Baybars during the second halfe of the senture, following its conquest by the mongolian forces, who penetrated the region in 1260. In the 15-th
centure the fortress served as a prison for rebels and was later deserted.