Nimrod Fortress (Qal'at al-Subeiba)

The fortress was built around 1229 by Al-Aziz 'Uthman, nephew of Saladin and younger son of Al-Adil I, to preempt an attack on Damascus by the armies of the Sixth Crusade. It was named Qal'at al-Subeiba, "Castle of the Large Cliff" in Arabic. The fortress was further expanded to contain the whole ridge by 1230.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 1229 CE An arial view of the fortress, National Park, Israel. Amit Erez
c. 1229 CE Arabic inscription above the western gate, mentioning the construction date 1230 CE and builder al-Aziz Uthman. Bible Walks
Latest Update: September 16, 2015