"Cochav Hayarden - Crusader stronghold in Holy Land" Kokhav HaYarden by curiouslumi

Kokhav HaYarden Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 47 photos

Best restored Crusader-period fortress in Israel

Crusaders had build several fortresses in the HolyLand and this one is in the the best condition.

It was built in the begining of XII century during just two years. Amazing fact considering the location (over 300m over sea level) and stones sizes.

Belvoir (name given the fortress by it's builders) was built by Hospitalers on the land they purchased from French family and meant to serve as a stronghold in their war with Salah-A-Din.

There is also a feeding station for eagles on site. You can see them from the North part of the hill.

Site is only 20 min driving from Beit She'an and little more from Tiberias. Take road #90 from both.

You can see the aerial view here:
http://www.israel-mfa.gov.il/mfa/go-visual.asp?MFAJ01yq0

Israeli National Park authority has an official page for the site here:
http://www.parks.org.il/ParksENG/company_card.php3?NewNameMade=44&from=116&CNumber=420742

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  • In a nutshell:Best restored Crusaders fortress in Holy Land
  • Last visit to Kokhav HaYarden: Jan 2004
  • Intro Updated Jan 9, 2004
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  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    May 23, 2005 at 8:15 AM

    Must put this on my to-do list. I was there, but it was decades ago.

  • Martin_S.'s Profile Photo
    Mar 22, 2004 at 12:07 AM

    A beautiful place to combine with a visit to the Gilboa.

  • Sharon's Profile Photo
    Jan 10, 2004 at 12:11 PM

    Looks like a nother nice place which i haven't seen ... its about time to start taking more trips around the country.

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2004 at 3:09 PM

    Oh yeh, this is beautiful place, I have to go and scan my old pictures.

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