The Horns of Hattin are a steep double-hill outside of Tiberias, within a short hiking distance from Kibbutz Lavi, overlooking the surrounding planes, which were the location of a decisive Crusader battle in 1187 when Saladin’s forces defeated the Crusader army. This battle was a significant historical event, and basically a turning point for the Crusaders’ rule over the Holy Land.
A reenactment of the Battle of Hattin is taking place every year on July 4th, the day it originally happened, attracting many reenactment enthusiasts from around the world, who first gather to march to the location under the burning sun dressed in medieval clothing and metal armor while carrying heavy weapons, to later engage in an actual reconstruction of the combat that ensued between the heavily armored, but weakened by the long march Crusader forces, and Saladn’s light cavalry and archers.
On a clear day, the Horns provide a glorious 360 degree view of the entire Jesus Trail, including the Sea of Galilee framed by Arbel Cliffs and the snow-capped peak of Mt. Hermon to the northeast. It’s a peaceful and tranquil place, where nothing today reminds of the past’s violent events, inviting hikers to rest in the shade of the olive trees, while enjoying the magnificent view. The Temple of Nebi Shu’eib, which is considered the holiest site for the Druze religion, is located just under, on the North-West side of the Horns.