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Friday, April 12, 2013

Crusader Fort

One map showed the ruins of a Crusader Fort north of town but it wasn't where it was shown on the map. We finally found a partial wall well off the road. Ignoring the that sign not to enter the area we climbed over the rock wall and found a way down the canyon to a deep slot canyon. The ruins were on the other edge of the canyon and there was a stairs leading to a bridge crossing the canyon. The bridge was built over a choke stone and the entrance was through a hole carved through a rock which would make it easy to defend. There was an aqueduct cut in the rock which brought water from above into a large holding tank cut into solid rock.
Apparently this was built in 1116 shortly after the fort at Shobak was built to have a outlying fort in "Moses Valley".

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