An ancient Tel in Upper Galilee, 2 km. south of Metula.
The Biblical Abel Beit Ma'acha - Yoab, King David's military
commander, besieged it while chasing after Sheva Ben Bichri
(Samuel II, 20, 15). An important town in the Hellenistic
and Roman eras.
Ancient Canaanite harbor (Joshua 19:29) (Judges 1:31).
Tombs from the time of Israelite Monarchy and fortifications
have been discovered here. Important position as a base
camp for Crusader armies. Was known as Castle Imbert.
archaeological discoveries & well-marked sites can be
visited within the massive walls of Acre (Akko). Beautiful
port and oriental market ("shuk") offering everything
from spices to delightful souvenirs, and restaurants.
of the Knights: 10 magnificent halls, their rare Crusader
atmosphere unchanged from that day to this. Summer: Sun-Thur.
8:30-18:30, Fri. 8:30-14:30, Sat. 9:00-18:00. Winter:
Sun-Thur. 8:30-17:00, Fri. 8:30-14:00, Sat. 9:00-17:00.
Guided tours in Hebrew, English, German, French, Spanish,
and Arabic. Advance booking. Tel: 972.4-9911764.
Crusader City - Underground: Beneath the city, a world
unto itself: The seat of government (the Grand Manier),
the Crypt, the Quarter's Tunnel, the "AL Posta". It's
the deepest of experiences.
Turkish Baths: A special pleasure house. Built by
El Jazar, about two hundred years ago. Air vents in the
dome overhead refract points of light along ornamented
octagonal walls. Open during the same hours as the Halls
of the Knights.
The Mosque of El Jazar: Built on the ruins of a
Church, over the ruins of an earlier Mosque. Colored mosaics
arched stained-glass windows, an enchanted garden with
deep-welling springs. Tel. 972-4-9913039.
El Omdan Khan: A place of lodging for travelers, dating
from the late 1700s. The tower, added in 1906, provides
breathtaking views of the entire city and its environs
9 km. north of Safed. Ruins of a synagogue from the 3rd
Northwest of Moshav Arbel in lower Galilee, 4.5 km. North
of Tiberias. Ruins of a synagogue of the Talmudic period.
Remains of an ancient fortress nearby, built by the zealots
during the revolt against the Romans.
Chastiau Pelerin (Castrum Peregrinorum) In 1217 the Templars
built the castle protect the Christian pilgrims. The most
impressive parts are the Donjon, the tower and Templar
Church. A Crusader fort.
guest rooms all with air conditioning, heating, private
bath, radio, telephone and satellite color TV. Dining
room, Lobby, Bar, Gift shop, parking. Facilities for handicapped.
Swimming pool Lectures on kibbutz life. Jeep Safari tour
packages of the surrounding area. Banquet and conference
facilities for up to 250 people. Located in the most beautiful
part of the Galilee. A perfect jumping-off.point for visiting
the Sea of Galilee, Tiberias, Safed, major religious sites,
the Golan Hights, mount Hermon & other northern points
in the country.
World Center of the Bahai faith is located in Israel and
includes holy places & beautiful gardens in both Acre
& Haifa. The Bahai Gardens in Haifa surround the Shrine
of the Bab (Mirza All-Muhammad). The Shrine is open daily,
9am to noon and the gardens to 5pm, including Sat.
Near Kibbutz Bar Am, northeast of Hiram junction. Well-preserved
remains of tine synagogue from the 2nd century CE.
first Kibbutz of the "Hashomer Hatzair movement,
established 1921 CE and situated in east of Emek Yizreel
at foot of Mount Gilboa. It served as a base from which
founders of "Homa Umigdal" settlements went
out. Remains of a large synagogue of 6th century with
colorful mosaic floor.
of the "daring ones," members of Bar Giora and "Hashomer"
who came to Palestine to create a new life based on justice
and equality. Open Sun. to Thurs. from 8 am until 3:30
pm and Friday from 8am until noon. Located at Kfar Giladi,
in the Upper Galilee. Tel: 06-6941565.
of the oldest cities of the Ancient Near East. The remains
of some twenty layers of settlement, going back to the
5th millennium B.C.E., have been found at the tel (man-made
mound) on the banks of Nahal Harod. The importance of
Bet She'an since ancient times is the result of a combination
of factors, including its position at a major crossroads,
the fertile land surrounding it, and the abundance of
water found nearby. Important finds dating to the period
of Egyptian rule over Canaan during the 16th to 12th centuries
B.C.E. were made in the excavations carried out at the
tel during the 1920's and 1930 s. The Philistine rulers
of Bet She'an displayed the bodies of Saul and his sons
upon its walls after they had been killed in the Battle
of Mount Gilboa. King David conquered the city, which
later became one of the administrative centers of Solomon's
Kingdom. Ongoing archaeological excavations at the tel
are uncovering more remains from its Canaanite and Israelite
period (Bronze and Iron Age) occupations. During the Hellenistic
period, the city was known as Scythopolis (Greek for:
City of the Scythians). It was also named Nysa, after
the nurse of Dionysos, the god of wine; according to tradition,
she was buried here. The city's population during the
Roman period consisted of pagans and large communities
of Jews and Samaritans. The majority of Bet She'an's population
during the Byzantine period was Christian. The city became
provincial capital of the province called second Palestine
at the. End of the 4th century C.E. Bet She'an's population
reached its peak of approximately 30,000-40,000 during
the 6th century C.E. The city passed to the hands of the
Muslims during the first half of the 7th century C.E.
and was destroyed by a severe earthquake in the year 749
C.E. Bet She'an was a small city during the Medieval period.
A fortress was built at the site during the Crusader period
and it remained a small regional center under Ottoman
rule and during the British Mandate. The city has begun
to flourish once more since the establishment of the State
of Israel. With a population of about 15,000 today, Bet
She'an is steadily developing and serves as a regional
center for surrounding settlements. The ancient city center,
opened to tourists, attracts large numbers of tourists
from Israel and abroad.
the west of Lower-Galilee, on the Tivon-Nazareth road.
Known in Second Temple period but became famous during
Mishnaic and Talmudic times, after the Bar Kochba revolt.
The Sanhedrin was there for some time. It was the home
and later the burial place of Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi it
subsequently became a famous burial place for Jews of
Eretz Israel and the Diaspora. 26 burial caves have been
excavated. Remains of large synagogues.
the seashore of Lake Kinneret. 4th - 5th century CE synagogue
with remains of Byzantine mosaic floor.
of a Talmudic era synagogue. Crusader fortress overlooking
the Jordan, Hospitallers' Castle.
Park extends from the Roman theatre in the south to the
Crusader City in the north. It includes the Byzantine
Square, the Herodian amphitheater, promontory palace,
bathhouse, a network of streets, and more. Many archaeological
sites within the national park have been prepared for
public visits. In addition, parking lots, toilets and
restaurants are available. An annotated aerial view of
the site presented in this brochure should assist in making
your visit a pleasant one. The park has three entrances:
Near the theatre, South of the Crusader city wall, Near
the eastern gate of the Crusader city. Within the park
one may choose walking routes varying from one hour to
a whole day. Other Attractions in the Vicinity: A beach
and a diving club at the southern end of the harbor, as
well as a public beach near the high aqueduct. Some of
Caesarea's archaeological findings are exhibited in the
museum of nearby Kibbutz Sedot Yam. Accommodation available
in the vicinity varies from B&B at Kibbutz Sedot Yam to
five stars Dan-Caesarea Hotel. Safety Precautions and
Instructions: The national park has precious antiquities.
Excavations at the site are still underway. Please do
not enter areas not yet opened to the public. It is forbidden
to damage, engrave or mutilate the antiquities or to collect
souvenirs at the site. For your convenience, parking lots
and toilets have been prepared. Please help us keep them
Just a few miles outside Nazareth, tucked within a landscape
of pomegranate and olive groves, is the village of Cana.
According to the Gospels, it was here that the newly baptized
Jesus performed his first miracle, turning water into
wine at a wedding feast. Two small churches in the village
commemorate the miracle.
Hugging the Sea of Galilee is Capernaum, considered Jesus'
"headquarters" during his brief ministry. The
site was acquired by the Franciscan order in 1894, when
work soon revealed the remains of a synagogue, and mosaics
from a fifth-century chapel. Just a short ride up the
hill is the Church of the Sermon on the Mount, also known
as the Mount of the Beatitudes. The walls form a circle
of windows that provide an unbroken panorama of the Sea
of the Primacy of Peter
On the shore of the Sea of Galilee, the chapel is built
on the spot where the resurrected Jesus appeared to his
disciples and made Peter the head of the Church. This
church is located roughly 500 yards from the Multiplication
of the Loaves and Fishes church in the same compound of
"seven springs". The church is built over the
rock where the fire was lit.
to the hillside where Jesus preached His Sermon on the
Mount is the Church of the Beatitudes. Built in 1938,
it has an octagonal shape to represent the eight blessings
of the Beatitudes.
Village, home hospitality in the very best Druse tradition;
village tour including the Old Quarter of Daliyah, the
Druse market, the Hilweh ancient Druse temple, old olive
press, and the Laurence Oliphant house built in 1882,
where the Israeli national anthem Hatikvah was written.
North of Safed. Remains of a synagogue of early medieval
kibbutz movement originated with the foundation of the
first kibbutz in Degania, where the Jordan River flow
out of the Sea of Galilee, in 1909. Today there are about
280 kibbutzim in Israel accounting for 3% of Israel's
population. Degania was established amidst uncertainty
and was shaped by the needs of its members for survival.
It became an egalitarian community, whereby decisions
were made collectively, yet individually they all bore
the responsibility for the outcomes. The present kibbutzim
still bear the same hallmarks; they are voluntary, democratic
and cooperative communities.
Northeast of Ein Gev in South-Golan. Ruins of synagogue
of Talmudic period.
Arab village that contains small center with Mosque, Church
and castle from 18th century built by Daher El-Omar.
on an important ancient trade route at the southern end
of the Jezreel Valley. There Jacob's sons brought his
flock to graze (Genesis 37:17) and Joseph was sold to
the passing Ishmaelite Midianites. Excavations have uncovered
walls, private houses and tombs from the Canaanite and
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