This video is an aerial view of Mount Meron, Montfort Castle ruins, and surrounding villages. Located in Israel’s northern Galilee, Mount Meron sits 3,963 feet above sea level. Montfort Castle is a ruined Crusader fortress. Unlike many other crusader fortresses in the Holy Land, this fortress had not been originally built for military purposes but begun its way as an agricultural farm.
The village of Meron has been inhabited since 200 BC and was mentioned by Flavius Josephus in 66 AD as a fortified city. Meron flourished two centuries later because of its quality olive oil production. The remains of a 3rd century AD synagogue and basilica plan have been found here and judging by the ruins, must have been the largest synagogue in the Holy Land.