A tunnel structure built by Crusaders (Photo by Creative Commons) A tunnel structure built by Crusaders (Photo by Creative Commons)

800-year-old Crusader tunnel discovered

Mon, Jun. 19, 2017
CAIRO -19 June 2017: Archeologists from the Israeli Antiquities Authority discovered a tunnel last week that was built by Crusaders in Tiberias 800 years ago.

The tunnel was previously used to flee hostile Muslim armies threatening Tiberias, and provided safe passage from the fortress in Tiberias to the Galilee Sea, according to a statement by Ancient Pages.

Archeologists believe that the tunnel may have been a secret passage to the harbor of Tiberias. The General Salah El Din Al Ayoubi laid siege to the Citadel in 1187. The wife of Raymond of Tripoli, Princess Eschivaq made her escape through this tunnel.

The archeologists also found site remnants from Khalifa Uthmani walls, floors, tobacco and pipes during the excavation.
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