From Banias we went to Nimrod Castle, a 13th-century Mamaluk-era castle named after a Muslim deity (I remain unconvinced that it isn’t the same Nimrod from Genesis). The castle was 1000m above sea level.
We walked through the gate and around the middle, although some hiked all the way up to the keep. It looks very European in style and I imagine the Mamaluks who built it were influenced by all the Crusader castles which had been built in the area about a century earlier.
Then we walked down through the emergency exit, which involved lots of steep, wet stairs.
The door was meant to be hidden so invaders or besiegers couldn’t see people running for help.