Keep is an English term corresponding to the French donjon. It was the strongest part of a fortress and the place of last resort if the fortress was overrun. Here’s the description of the keep of Nimrod’s Fortress from the site pamphlet: “A fortified, free-standing structure above the fortress. If the lower fortifications were overrun, the defenders were able to continue to defend the fortress from this massive and powerful structure. Its gate is in the northwest corner. At the four corners of the structure square towers were erected. In the area between them remnants were found of the arches of a ceremonial hall, additional halls and water cisterns.”
View west: This photo was taken from the park entrance below the eastern side of the keep (top).
View east: The trail descending toward the park entrance from the keep’s northeast tower.
View west: The keep’s northeast tower. The photo was taken from the trail (see previous photo).
View east, looking across the protective terrain east of the keep toward Mount Hermon in snow.
View southwest, looking down from the keep toward the southern Hula Valley.
View west, looking down from the keep at the north tower (center left) toward the northern Hula Valley.
View east: The eastern side of the keep with tower (center) and Mount Hermon (top).
View west, looking down from the keep at the north tower (center right) and southwest tower (center left).
View north: South side of the fortress with the southwest tower (left), the southern gate and wall (between the southwest tower and Beautiful tower), the Beautiful tower (center left), and the keep (right).