Massive Ceremonial Hall Discovered Under Crusader Castle in Northern Israel

Archaeologists exploring Montfort Castle in the Galilee discovered a previously unknown, richly decorated Gothic hall where the secretive knights' order gathered for their assemblies

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The Gothic Hall that once stood above the barrel-vaulted basement
The unexpected and newly unearthed Gothic Hall that once stood above the barrel-vaulted basement at Montfort CastleCredit: Prof. Adrian Boas
Philippe Bohstrom
Philippe Bohstrom
The Great Hall at the Teutonic Order's Galilee stronghold, Montfort Castle: Built to replace the smaller Gothic Hall discovered in 2018.Credit: Prof. Adrian Boas
Montfort Castle, which Teutonic crusaders built on top of a hill, but protecting nothing. It was destroyed in 1271 by the Mamluk leader Sultan Baibars.Credit: Adrian Boas

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