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Yehiam Fortress National Park


Yehiam Fortress National Park


Yehiam Fortress National Park


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Meet Yehiam Fortress National Park

The ruins of a large and impressive fortress, combining buildings from the Crusader and Ottoman periods. The fortress also tells the heroic story of the defenders of Yehi’am during the War of Independence

Points of interest

  • Fortress from the Crusader and Ottoman periods
  • Fighting positions from the War of Independence
  • Film on the history of the fortress

details:

  • The Fortress Gate – the fortress is entered through a gate from the time of Zahir al-Umar (most of the ruins that can be seen today at the fortress are from this period). The gate is protected by a strong, semicircular tower. The stones of the threshold were taken from Byzantine period buildings at the site. The gate was apparently closed by two wooden doors plated with strips of metal.
  • The Crusader Tower – steps lead up to the top of the tower, one of two that existed in the Crusader fortress. This is a tower with very thick walls, whose strength made it possible to build a three-story tower, today rising to a height of 15 m. A staircase leads up to a lookout balcony on the roof.
  • Defense positions – around Tower A the path continues to the eastern part of the fortress, passing between the communication trenches and defense positions of Kibbutz Yehi’am from the time of the War of Independence.
  • The Round Tower – in the north-eastern corner of the fortress is a tower from the time of Zahir al-Umar. This is a round tower, left almost complete, with eight crenellations. The crenellations are rectangular (and not elongated as they were in the Crusader period) because they are intended for firing rifles. The floor of the tower covers a cistern.
  • The mosque – from the defense positions, the path goes on to a room used as a mosque. In the southern wall, as expected, is the niche of the mihrab, indicating the direction of Mecca for prayer. The niche is made of sandstone, by contrast with the limestone in which the fortress is built.
  • Western observation terrace and bathhouse – a spacious, open roof that served in the past as the floor of many rooms that no longer exist. From this terrace there is a breathtaking view. On the southern side are the remains of a small bathhouse, apparently used by the commander of the fortress. Water was brought up in jars from the cistern in the fortress, and poured into a channel that carried it to the bathhouse.
  • Reception hall – a large, pillared hall with 15 piers, intended as the base for the fortress complex above it. It can be assumed that during the Ottoman period it was used as a storeroom. The first members of Kibbutz Yehi’am lived in this hall before moving to the permanent settlement.
  • The “Mushroom Hall” – this hall was used by the members of Kibbutz Yehi’am for growing mushrooms in the 1950s, and today is used for screening a film about the kibbutz during the War of Independence.
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Yehiam Fortress National Park

Useful Information
Opening Hours

                                        Entrance to the park closes one hour before cited closing time                                    
Summer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
Contact us
Phone: ‎ 04-8276600 Fax: ‎04-8276601 Instagram of Nature and Parks Authority
Access

  • Parking

  • trails to the fortress

  • restroom


Other attractions

Picnic grove, lookout point


Getting there
How to get here

Yehi’am National Park is in Western Galilee, in the southern part of Kibbutz Yehi’am. Access to the site is from the Nahariya – Ma’alot road (Road 89). About 2.5 km east of Kabri Junction, turn south (right) to the Kibbutz Yehi’am access road (Road 8833), and drive 5 km to the kibbutz and the fortress.


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Entrance fees Campground Fees
Type Fee
Adult ₪ 14.00
Child ₪ 7.00
Adult in group ₪ 12.00
Child in group ₪ 6.00
Student ₪ 12.00
Israeli senior citizen ₪ 7.00
Type Fee Remarks
Adult ₪ 42.00
Child ₪ 32.00
Subscription – adult ₪ 27.00
Subscription – child ₪ 22.00
Student ₪ 25.00
Adult ₪ 50.00
Child ₪ 40.00
Subscription – adult ₪ 45.00
Subscription – child ₪ 35.00
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When the sun goes down, the magic begins

Israel Nature and Parks Authority campsites To Yehiam Fortress National Park campground
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