The crusaders carved the stone for the construction of the inner tower of the fortress and thus formed the stone base of the entire structure. The fortress was partly hewn, partly built from hewn stones. In view of this method of construction, the original name of the fortress was Petra Inquisa - a carved rock. Later, the fortress and the entire area was named Via Angusta - a narrow passage. This refers to the special topography of the area. And only then the name of Le Destroit was assigned to the fortress, which means Tesnina. In medieval French, De Strua was transformed into De Trois. There is practically nothing left of this fortress. Initially, it was the outer line of defensive structures for the Atlit castle, and later, when the crusaders were subjected to constant attacks from the Arabs, the De Strua fortress was dismantled, and its stones went to fortify the Atlit castle. Only fragments of structures carved into the rock have survived, among which these stables. Translated with Google Translate
Atlit is a small town south of Haifa. In the shadow of the capital of North, Atlit is an unremarkable province. However, acquaintance with this place will amaze us with the diversity and depth of the events that took place here. Let's start, oddly enough, with the cemetery. Knights and pilgrims are buried there. This is the only cemetery in the Middle East from the Crusades' time in such good condition. Then our path will run to the refugee camp, which has become an immigration museum. Here we are, witnesses, for the incredible fate of people, secret paths of illegal immigration, and a really recreated atmosphere of those years: the presence of barbed wire, guard towers, disinfection, and wooden barracks tarred by the scorching sun. Then, after a short picnic, we will climb to the ruins of the Crusader fortress De Strua. These are the only sites associated with the history of the Crusades that can be visited in Atlit today. And finally, we will go to the secret azure lagoon, where you can swim and find the shells of the famous mollusk, which gave itself the most expensive and prestigious paint of the ancient world - purple.