"The Belvoir Castle" Kokhav HaYarden by gubbi1

Kokhav HaYarden Travel Guide: 9 reviews and 47 photos

In the Kochav Hayarden National Park you will find the impressive ruins of the Belvoir Crusader Fortress, which overlooks the Jordan Valley.

In 1168 Hospitaller Knights bought the land from a French family. On this land they built the impressive fortress, which even impressed the muslims at that time. The first 10 years it was calm without any battle, but then the troups of Saladin came to conquer the Crusaders territory. All major places hold by the Crusaders fell, but Belvoir remaind under Crusaders control. After one and a half year of siege the Crusaders then surrendered.

Driving up towards the fortress from the Jordan valley is very impressive. The road ascents while winding up the mountain. On the way the view gets better and better. No wonder why the fortress is called 'Belvoir', the good view.

Entering the park you will receive a flyer with a plan of the fortress. In it numbers and their correspondend description tell you what there is to see.
Also keep your eyes open for hyraxes (mamal which looks like a crossing of a rat with a wombat) and lizzards in the color of the local rocks.

The view from the fortress over the Jordan Valley is highly impressive.

Things that stay in my mind when thinking of Belvoir Fortress are ...

... the Views:
There are beautiful views around the fortress from the north east to the south east. Everything looks very small down there from up here.

... the Moat:
The moat of the fortress is pretty deep. It was part of the protection of the fortress and with its 10 meters of deepness and 20 meters width it surely helped to keep enemies outside. Go down into the moat on your walk through Belvoir!

... the animals:
I was very excited to see a huge lizzard in the color of the rocks right in the entrance to the fortress. Wonder if someone saw me taking photos of the rocks.

... the ruined walls:
All walls have been preserved or reconstructed at least up to your head, so walking through the ruins still gives the feeling to be in a real fortress. I am sure you will also wonder how life would have been there.

... the entrance:
The entrance is typical for a fortresses defence system. A narrow corridor with hard bends, so that the enemy can't enter with horses and entering troops would easily be defeated.

... the draw bridge:
There are remains of the original bridge that was part of the fortress. Nowadays you enter over a modern footbridge.

In the fortres you can walk through the remains of the ancient walls. The flyer that you will receive gives a suggested route through the ruin and explains what you will see. There are also signs set up giving information.

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  • Pros:Beautiful View from Belvoir
  • Last visit to Kokhav HaYarden: Nov 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 26, 2010
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