Horns of Hittim

Horns of Hittim is a steep hill that dominates the area around it. It is an extinct volcano, and due to its twin peaks (“horns”) on each side of the crater it has the form of a bull. A Canaanite and Israelite city were located at each side, perhaps the site of the Biblical city of Adamah”. Map.

Horns of Hittim
Horns of Hittim

The decisive battle of the Crusaders and Saladin was held in the valley below it in 1187, signaling the beginning of the end for the Crusaders Kingdom in the Holy Land. From the site is a great view of the area and is a recommended site to visit.

Horns of Hittim
Horns of Hittim

On top of the hill there are traces of walls that were built around the edges. In the center of the hill is the crater, with traces of very large stones that were part of its inner defense line. In the south side of the hill, on a higher peak, are dual defense walls.

Horns of Hittim
Horns of Hittim

Below the hill was the Roman and Arabic village of Hittim, now in ruins. A spring (Hittim) flows there all year long, and was the place where the thirsty Crusaders tried to get to during the battle.

Horns of Hittim
Horns of Hittim

Near it is the holy Druze tomb (Nebe Shueb), which is according to their tradition the tombs of Jethro (father-in-law of Moses) and Zipporah (wife of Moses). The modern agriculture village (a Moshav) of Ein-Zeitim is located north to Nebe Shueb. Map.

Another Moshav, Hittim, is located closer to Tiberias.

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