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Hunin Castle

Margaliot, Israel

Crusader ruin with views over South Lebanon. 


Located just outside Margaliot and less than a kilometer from the Israel-Lebanon border is Hunin Castle, an ancient Crusader castle with a colorful history.

Now referred to as Hunin Fortress, this site was initially known as Château Neuf or Castellum Novum. It was once a Crusader fortress that was later destroyed and reconstructed as various peoples left their mark and legacy on the land of Israel.

Today, a dry moat and ruins are all that remain. There is also a rope ladder descent that leads into an underground cavern. Caution is advised, as the site is unmarked and dangerous.

From the rooftop of the castle, visitors are met with spectacular views. To the north, the houses of a Lebanese village just across the border can be seen. To the east, a large part of the Upper Galilee. And to the northeast, the Hermon mountain range. 

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