Horns of Hattin (Qarne Hittim)

Horns of Hattin (Qarne Hittim)

Tel of ancient settlement in Galilee, 6 km. west of Tiberias, site of the famous battle where the Crusaders were decisively beaten by the Moslems in 1187.

The site is located in the crater  of a dormant volcano at a height of 326 meters above sea level.

It was a strategic strong point on the ancient Via Maris.

One theory claims it is site of Madon, a Canaanite city kingdom:

“And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of  Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph,” (Joshua 11:1)

It is identified with city of Shemesh-edom, mentioned in lists of cities conquered by Thutmose III (1468 BCE).

Remains of fort and wall.  Shards indicate occupation from the Early Bronze Age until the Hellenistic Period. In 1187 CE the famous Battle of  Hattin, where Saladin and his Moslem army defeated the Crusaders, took place nearby.

On the tel is a memorial erected by a Protestant sect —the Church of God’s Prophecy.

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