The Crusader Fortresses
The Crusader Fortresses is part of the Tentative list of Israel in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.
Click here for a short description of the site, as delivered by the state party.
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The massive construction of Belvoir is very impressive, but pales next to the gorgeous views of the valley from its commanding hilltop position. It's easy to see how its defenders could have held out against even an attacker such as Saladin. Montfort also has a commanding view of a much smaller valley, but is far less impressive.
Assif Israel 24-May-08
Israel offers several sites with ruins of Crusaders' fortresses (about a dozen of them including Aqua Bella, Chateau Pelerin, Yehiam). I have been to Montfort, Belvoir and Apolonia and there is not too much left of any of them to be honest. Monfort makes a nice trip but mostly for its location. Belvoir still clearly shows its massive star-shaped fortifications resembling later constructions by Vauban. It also offers its visitors a nice panorama if you happen to visit Israel in spring. The Crusador architecture also features in the WHS of Acre and the TWHS of Caesarea.
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