Ruins of Montfort Crusader Castle, on a precipitous slope in the Western Galilee, 180m above the Keziv River (and just a few km south of Israel’s border with Lebanon). The fortress was built by Templars in the early 1100s, then destroyed by Salah al Din in 1187, reconquered 5 years later and sold to German knights in 1220. In 1271, the Mamluk Sultan Beibars recaptured it for the last time, and the Crusaders fled to Akko. The castle ruins are inaccessible by road but worth the walk.


14 comments on “Montfort”

  1. A great and interesting image. and I really like your processing. I saw the move Kingdom of Heaven. Those Templars were naughty!

  2. I love these ancient structures all round the mediterranean, especially when they are unconserved and well-photographed.

  3. Love how you’ve framed that you see one arch thru the other. Great textures..colors..quality of light…and always a treat to read the story behind the image.

  4. Michael – thanks. I haven’t seen the movie, but from what little history I know it seems all the Crusader Knights were rather bad. Even the Hospitallers, who still survive today (well, in a way) in St John Ambulance (if you know that organization).

    Jon – thanks, and yes the Mediterranean has so much history. It’s impossible to go anywhere in Israel without being immersed in it, and the sites are very well preserved here.

    Marcie, thanks. It’s definitely a crazy story, but a beautiful place to visit.

  5. Wonderful image. Makes me wonder what life was like back then.

  6. amazing work. i like everything about it: location, composition, processing

  7. Terry – thanks :) It would be interesting to go back in time for a day or two and see, wouldn’t it? (I bet the food wasn’t good, though…)

    Photo Traces – thanks a lot!

  8. Oh yes, they definitely do seem worth the walk! Amazing capture; interesting history!

  9. Great shot.
    Love the sense of you.

  10. Your processing here reminds me of a movie still and a faint snippet of a ticket can be seen in the sky – as if we were admitted to the cavalcade of historic events. There is still something grand in the crumbling structure and the light seems to bleach it and give it a glow. An evocative image.

  11. Thanks, Sumedh :)

    gallcat, thanks a lot :)

    daina, thanks – I’m glad you like the ticket imprint. It does feel a bit like a movie set when I visit these sorts of places (and there are a lot here).

  12. The harshness of the light and the colour of the stone does remind me of Crete very much

  13. particularly nice shot, i love the age and history of this.

  14. To stand on ground with such rich history must be a chilling experience. Thank you for your efforts to show this to the rest of us. Great text and image!

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