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Old October 7th, 2009, 04:03 PM   #1

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The Yehiam Fort


Today my son and I went with some friends to the annual Renaissance Festival held traditionally in the Yehiam Fort, at Kibbutz Yehiam, in the Galilee, some 15 minutes from our village. We lived there for 2 years up until 2+ years ago.

This fort has a great deal of history.

It was built by crusaders in the 12th century on top of ancient Roman and Byzantine settlements, and some Nabatian base. In the crussader times it was called Judin and by the Muslims - Kal'at Jidin, which apparently means the fort of heroes.

Like its conpemporaries, the Monfort (right close by) and the Kokhav HaYArden forts, this too was built as a fortified farm.

In 1208 John of Ibeli, lord of Beirut, has given it to the German order of Teutonic knights, which had a stronghold in Acre and also had the nearby Monfort and Meilyia forts.

In 1265 the fort was taken by the sultan Baibars, who prdered to destroy it. In the beginning of the 18th century, the fort has become the personal stronghold of the local ruler, the sheikh Ma'had El-Husein, who also rebuilt part of it. In 1738 the bedouin sheikh Dahar El-Omar has conquered th fort, and become the Galillee ruler. He rebuilt the fort considerably.

In 1946 Kibbutz Yehiam was created around this fort, and gave it its current name, Metzudat Yehiam. The first Kibbutz settlers lived for a while in the fort's ruins. In the Independence war of 1948 the fort served as a base for the soldiers, and for a while they were held under siege there.

This is the picture from a website about the fort, and in the following post I will post some of ours.
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Old October 7th, 2009, 04:11 PM   #2

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Here are some pictures some taken today and some earlier, from this fort.
This is the fort from the entrance, coming up towards it (there is a friend of the family in the picture, from PA):
fort8.jpg
View of the shekh's room in a tower, through one of the lower halls (with another friend of the family, a few years ago). The window is the one from which a few photos are taken below:
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The tower with the shekh's room (top), today, from the other side:
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On the tower, right below the shekh's room, today:
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Inside the sheikh's room, today:
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The view from the sheikh's room, today, where we may see the same hall from which the tower was photographed above, first time:
fort3.jpg
The view from the sheikh's room down to the main hall, today, in which now there is an operating celebrations hall and festivals are held. Today we heard a chamber music concert there.
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The main halls, second floor, from the front side (opposite side from the previous picture). Taken a few years ago. There are baths on the right:
fort6.jpg
A window in one of the halls (taken a few years ago):
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View from the topmost tower (taken a few years ago) - to the mediterranian sea and the city of Nahariya. The flag is the one flying above the main halls.
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Infact, to the right Lebannon is seen from the tower, and the the right - the Carmel mountains and Haifa.
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Is that you taking a nap in the last pic?
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Old October 7th, 2009, 05:33 PM   #5

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Is that you taking a nap in the last pic?
My son. lol
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Is that your son also on the window in the hall ?
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Old October 8th, 2009, 05:36 AM   #7

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Is that your son also on the window in the hall ?
Yes, with daughter of one of my best friends, one whom I helped raise when she was little.

And on the walls of the fort, too. The pictures are from several different times, as we lived in Yehiam, and went to the fort often.
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Nice Vera. I love castles.
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Old October 8th, 2009, 05:42 AM   #9

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Nice Vera. I love castles.
Yes, I do, too. I've gone to London and Scotland on a castle tour in 1999. We've seen MANY castles, in different state, some working and some museums, and some ruins. Wonderful!
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One day when I win the lottery, I'm gonna need a tour-guide for my trip to Israel. You gonna hook me up, V?
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