Visiting the Temple of Pan in the Banias Nature Reserve

If you would like to know more about the history and location of the temple of Pan, look no further. All of this information is in our short post.

By Alice Bassett
Kelli Harris
Edited by Kelli Harris

Published January 29, 2022.

At the base of Mount Hermon, you can find the ancient city, Caesarea Philippi. Home to temples, shrines, and ancient caves, some of which are dedicated to the Greek god Pan. The area surrounding this came to be known as Paneas and later adapted to Banias in Arabic. Today, the Banias Nature reserve is a site of rich history, where one can visit the Grotto and sanctuary of Pan and learn about various other biblical and worldly histories.

What Is the Temple of Pan?

Caesarea Philippi was an ancient Roman city that underwent multiple ownership and name changes. The Grotto of Pan resides here and is a cave believed to be the gates to the underworld. The sanctuary of Pan can be found here as well. This sanctuary served as a shrine for Pagans to worship the god, Pan.

Where Is the Temple of Pan?

Around 25 miles away from the Sea of Galilee, at the bottom of Mount Hermon, one can find the Grotto and sanctuary of Pan. It is located within the Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve in the Golan Heights.

What to Know When Visiting the Temple of Pan

As a tourist, the sanctuary of Pan is undoubtedly a worthwhile visit. Not only does it have a deep and fascinating history, but it is located in a gorgeous nature reserve that is home to Israel's tallest waterfall - The Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve. If you are planning to visit, please note that the reserve is a popular tourist attraction, so it may be swamped when you plan your trip - although it would still be worthwhile.