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Ruins of a Crusader fortress, located on the side of the road from Jaffa and Ramla to Jerusalem, in the Judean foothills region. The fortress, named La Tour des Chevalliers (“the Castle of the Knights”), was held by the knights of the Templars order. It was captured by Saladin in 1187 and demolished 4 years later.
Map / Aerial View:
An aerial map is shown here, indicating the major points of interest around the site.
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- Prehistoric periods – Early Man
Biblical periods (Bronze and Iron age)
Hellenistic/Roman/Byzantine Period – (3rd century BC – 7th century AD)
The fortress, named La Tour des Chevalliers (“the Castle of the Knights”), was held by the knights of the Templars order. It was captured by Saladin in 1187 and demolished 4 years later. The French name “La Toron” (the castle) was the source of the Arabic name of the place – Latron/Latrun.
- Ottoman Period – (1516-1918 A.D.)
The site was examined in the PEF survey (1866-1877) by Wilson, Conder and Kitchener. It appears in the center of the section of this map of 1878. The castle is marked as “Latron”.
An ancient road, marked by a double dashed line, appears to the north of Latrun. This is also the modern route of highway #1 to Jerusalem.
Part of Map Sheet 17 of Survey of Western Palestine,
by Conder and Kitchener, 1872-1877.
(Published 1880, reprinted by LifeintheHolyLand.com)
Their description of the site is on page :
- Modern period
On the hill are old Jordanian military trenches, as the hill was also a strategic military post in modern times. Fierce battles were conducted during the Independence war, and a monument was erected at the foot of the hill.
(a) Aerial Views
The following photos were captured by our drone flying over and around the site.
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(g-j) Ground Views
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Fly over the site with this Youtube video:
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