Belvoir

Day 2 of the learning tour ended at Belvoir, a Crusader fortress. It was used from 1168-1189 when it was lost in battle to Saladin and his Muslim forces. The ruler of Damascus destroyed the fortress in 1220 so that the Crusaders could not come back to it and use it for fortification again. It wasn't until the 1700s that an Arab village, Kaukab el-Hawa was built on top of the ruins, but it lasted until 1948 before being destroyed again in the War of Independence.

 Check out the awesome moat around the fortress. You could walk around in it!

Check out the awesome moat around the fortress. You could walk around in it!

 View of Jordan from the highest part of the fortress.

View of Jordan from the highest part of the fortress.