Montfort Fortress



Fortress Monfort is one of the best examples of fortified buildings of the Crusaders of the XII century. It was built by the Teutonic Order (a German Catholic order founded in Acre in 1190). The fortress is built on a narrow, steep ridge right above the Kziv stream in the Western Galilee region. The site was first settled around 1100 as a farm of little importance. During the 3rd Crusade around 1220, the German Teutonic Knights turned it into a significant fortified place. In 1271, after a siege, the Mamluk Muslims captured the fort, later destroyed it and left it in ruins to this day. Today, this beautiful spot is a popular weekend getaway and starting point for several hiking trails to Nahal Kziv, which is one of the most famous springs in the Galilee with flowing water all year round.

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