Sharing the Beauty of the Holy Land

Bringing you stories from the Holy Cities of the Bible, the places where Jesus walked, and the people who live there today.
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TravellingHiking the Jesus Trail in Israel: What You Need to KnowTravelers wanting to explore the parts of Israel where Jesus walked will delight in the beautiful and fascinating Jesus Trail, a hike through Galilee of 4 to 7 days. Whether you're wanting to take this as a pilgrimage route to see the path Jesus walked to crucifixion, follow in Jesus' footsteps in general, or enjoy the nature and culture of Galilee, this trail will allow you a wonderful adventure. Galilee has been an important trading area for hundreds of years, creating a vibrant melting pot of cultures. The trail from Nazareth to Capernaum courses through exquisite wild areas, historic villages, and attraction-packed towns and stops at ancient olive groves, significant churches, the Sea of Galilee, Mount Arbel, and more. What to Expect While Hiking the Jesus Trail Accommodation There are many different tour package options to choose from, mostly including 3- and 4-star hotels or guesthouses. You may find something smaller on your own that will allow you a more authentic experience. What Kind of Food Options Are There? Depending on what your tour operator offers, you may choose to include all or some food in your package. Often lunch will not be included as it will be on the road, but there are a variety of artisanal eateries, fresh food markets, and excellent restaurants along the way to look forward to. Israel is well-known for its cuisine. A wonderful myriad of flavors as well as vegan and vegetarian options are usually available, so you should always be able to find something suitable. How Long Does It Take To Hike the Jesus Trail? The trail is 62 kilometers long and can be walked in as little as 4 days for experienced travelers. What Fitness Level Is Required To Complete The Hike? A basic level of fitness with no injuries or comorbidities is needed in order to hike the trail. Tours and Costs There are several options for exploring the famous trail. Guide by your side each step of the way You may choose to do the trail with a professional guide at your side. This will allow a greater in-depth understanding of what you're seeing throughout the day. Usually, these packages are fully inclusive – accommodation, meals, and site-seeing are organized for you. Self-guided walk but meet the guide at stops with accommodation and meals included Some packages will provide accommodation, meals, guidebooks, and guide meetings at the town, but the actual trail would be without a guide. Self-guided – you're the boss Choosing to do the trail on your own, including booking all your own accommodation, site-seeing, etc. may take some planning but will suit those with a strong sense of adventure and independence. Note – we do not advise going solo for safety reasons. Costs Packages range from $899 for 2 people to $3899 for families or groups doing 9- or 10-day tours. Find more details at the official Jesus Trail Website. How to Follow the Jesus Trail The Jesus Trail winds its way through several amazing cities, in the following order (NOT INCLUDING SMALLER VILLAGES IN BETWEEN): Nazareth The city where Jesus grew up offers an atmospheric Old Town, wonderful market, historic homes, and the enthralling Basilica of the Annunciation. Zippori Here, you'll hike through the beautiful Zippori Nature Reserve and see the extraordinary mosaics and water systems of the ancient Roman Galilean capital. Cana Cana was the location of Jesus' first miracle, where, at a wedding party, He turned water into wine. This is an amazing place for couples to get married, honeymoon, or renew their vows (usually at the Franciscan Wedding Church). Make sure to try Cana's famous pomegranate juice. Kibbutz Lavi Kibbutz Lavi is one of the few Orthodox religious kibbutzim. Here, you can enjoy a delicious kosher buffet and stay in a modern hotel if you so wish. Moshav Arbel Among the wild scenes of Mount Arbel National Park, you'll be able to swim from one of the beautiful beaches at the Sea of Galilee before visiting the ethereal Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Taghba. Capernaum Capernaum, "His Own City" (Matthew 9:1), was the place Jesus chose as the base for His ministerial work. He performed many miracles here and spoke of the town often. There are several superb churches and attractions to see. Note: Some of the trails are not very clearly marked. Make sure to plan well and take adequate food, water, and weatherproof clothing.
Negev desert ruins
TravellingVisit Israel's Negev: History, Biblical References & Must-Visit Travel Spots TodayThe Negev is a desert region in the south of Israel; a vast place of breathtaking beauty.. Whether you're interested in biblical history or just want to explore scenic desert areas with diverse landscapes, there are so many amazing things to do and see when traveling through the Negev. History of Negev The Hebrew word Negev translates to "dry" or "arid," but although this desert region that covers 60 percent of southern Israel may seem like an uninhabitable space, history paints us a story quite different. It is also home to many nomadic Bedouin tribes who have lived there since ancient times, and today Israeli community have been working hard to transform this inhospitable land into an agricultural powerhouse—a place where they can grow their food, raise their families, and live in harmony. Biblical References for Negev Negev is rooted in biblical references, sharing a bridge between ancient past, and today. It was in Negev that Moses led his people after they were freed from slavery under Pharoah (Exodus 3:1-22). The Psalms describe this region as dry, desolate, and lacking in resources (Psalm 63:1-2). Yet they also describe how God will lead His people through this wilderness into a land of abundance (Psalm 84:5-7). "Then Abram set out and continued toward the Negev." Genesis 12:9 Must-Visit Travel Spots Today The Negev region is so vast that you could spend an entire month exploring the different nooks and crannies that make up this beautiful area. Here are some amazing spots to visit and incredible experiences you can have in the Negev. Timna Park Timna Park is a national park in Israel. It is located in the Arava Valley, near Eilat and the Jordanian border. Timna is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the oldest copper mines in the world. The ancient mines were discovered by accident when archaeologists were searching for an Egyptian temple that was known to be built there at one point during history (the temple was never found). The park remains open year-round for hiking through desert landscapes, exploring ancient ruins and visiting other historical sites like those of King Solomon's Mines from biblical references. Makhtesh Ramon Makhtesh Ramon, also known as the Ramon Crater, is a crater-like geological formation in the Negev desert. It's a popular tourist destination and one of Israel's most popular national parks. The park was established in 1960, but it took decades for it to become fully protected by law. In 2013, Makhtesh Ramon became a nature reserve. Makhtesh Ramon has been used by humans since prehistoric times, who would have lived there seasonally as they followed their food sources between the Mediterranean Sea and Jericho (in what is now Palestine). Later on, Egyptians who built towns like Avaris had access to this area due to its abundant natural resources like wood and stone; they even constructed roads through here during their reign over Canaanite lands around 1550 BC! Ein Avdat Ein Avdat is a beautiful oasis in the Negev desert. It's situated near the Dead Sea, and as such, it's a popular tourist destination for Israelis and international travelers alike. If you're looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of life in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, then head out to Ein Avdat! This historic site dates back over 3,000 years; archaeologists discovered ancient artifacts believed to have belonged to nomadic tribes that once lived there. Today, you can explore this natural wonder while hiking through its palm groves and frolicking among waterfalls (there are several). Conclusion The Negev region is vast and full of rich history, but it’s also a place that you can enjoy today. The best way to experience all of this is by renting a car and visiting the sites during your stay in Israel. The country has so much to offer from culture, food, and beautiful landscapes so don’t miss out on any opportunity! You can get a real taste of the Negev through our Artza Negev Box which delivers the most beautiful products from local businesses and charities in the Negev region to your door. Get your Artza box today 🎁
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TravellingMountains of the Bible: Which Should You Visit?Some of the most frequently spoken-about landmarks in the bible are the mountains. They are symbolic of strength and stature, and many important events within the bible took place either on or near a mountain. Mountains bring us closer to Christ in both a physical and spiritual sense. Many of them can be found in the Holy Land of Israel, but there are others around the world that are equally as important. In no particular order, let's take a look at some of the most significant holy mountains in the bible. A Quick Look at the Most Significant Mountains in the Bible Mount SinaiMount TaborMount GolgothaMount Zion The Mount of OlivesMount Carmel 1. Mount Sinai Mount Sinai is also known as Mount Horeb, the Mountain of Moses, Har Sinai (in Hebrew), and Mount Hareh. It is located in Egypt on the Sinai Peninsula, near the city of Saint Catherine. It is 7,497 feet tall. Biblical Significance Mount Sinai is the place where God bestowed upon Moses the Ten Commandments. So be ready in the morning, and come up in the morning to Mount Sinai, and present yourself to Me there on the top of the mountain. —Exodus 34:2, NKJV 2. Mount Tabor Mount Tabor is also known as the Mount of Transfiguration or Har Tavor. It is located in the Jezreel Valley, close to the Sea of Galilee. It is 1886 feet tall, making it comparatively small as far as mountains go. Biblical Significance Mount Tabor is where the transfiguration of Christ took place and the place where you can find the Church of the Transfiguration. While the mountain is not mentioned by name in this passage, we see Christ refer to a high mountain. Given the valley that they were in, Mount Tabor would have been the highest point for a good while, allowing us to infer that it is the mountain referred to in the passage below. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. —Matthew 17:1-2, NKJV 3. Mount Golgotha Mount Golgotha is also known as Calvary and is a skull-shaped hill found in Jerusalem, not far from the river Jordan. Today, it can be visited as a tourist attraction to visit the tomb of Christ. Biblical Significance Mount Golgotha is the site of Jesus' crucifixion. Due to the significance of this event, there are multiple passages in the bible where this mountain is referred to. Let's look at one such example. And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. —John 19:17-18, NKJV 4. Mount Zion Mount Zion is located just outside the Old City and is the highest point in Jerusalem at around 2,510 feet tall. The word "Zion" is often used in the bible as another word for Jerusalem. Jerusalem is also known as the City of David, as King David established this place as a home for the followers of Christ. Biblical Significance It is said that the Last Supper took place on Mount Zion, in a stone building in a room known as the Cenacle. The Cenacle is located on the upper of the two floors in this building, while the Tomb of David—another biblically significant site— can be found on the lower floor. So David rested with his fathers, and was buried in the City of David. —1 Kings 2:10 5. The Mount of Olives The Mount of Olives, aptly named for the olives that grow on its slopes, can be found next to the Old City in Jerusalem. It is also known in the bible as Olivet. Biblical Significance The Mount of Olives is famed as Jesus' favorite place to pray. More importantly, the ascension of Christ took place there. We know this to be the case as the bible states the following after the ascension: Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath day’s journey. —Acts 1:12, NKJV 6. Mount Carmel Mount Carmel is also known as Har HaKarmel or Mount Mar Elias. It is actually the name of an entire mountain range located in the north of Israel. The mountain range is around 24 miles long and 5 miles wide. Biblical Significance Mount Carmel carries great biblical significance as it is where Elijah confronted false prophets from Baal and Asherah. Now therefore, send and gather all Israel to me on Mount Carmel, the four hundred and fifty prophets of Baal, and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table. —1 Kings 18:19, NKJV
Mount Tabor with clocktower behind stone walls in the background and marble bust of Pope Paul VI
TravellingMount of Transfiguration (Mount Tabor): All You Need to KnowMount Tabor, or the Mount of Transfiguration, is one of the many famous mountains of the Bible found in the Israeli Holy Land located in the lower region of Galilee in the Jezreel Valley. It is relatively close to the Sea of Galilee, only 11 miles to the west. The Jezreel Valley — also known as the Valley of Megiddo/Armageddon — is a large flat plain, so the mountain stands tall and proud. In Hebrew, Tabor (תָּבוֹר) translates to mound, which is fitting considering the location of the mountain. Mount Tabor is a stunning location for some physical activity as there are many hiking trails on offer. It is also an excellent location for religious and spiritual experiences as it carries deep biblical significance for being the site of the transfiguration of Christ. Let us dive deeper into all there is to know about Mount Tabor. Why Is Mount Tabor Called the Mount of Transfiguration? Very simply put, it is called the Mount of Transfiguration as it is the mountain on which the Transfiguration of Christ took place. The story of His transfiguration can be found in the New Testament in the book of Matthew. Jesus took his disciples, Peter, James, and John, to the top of Mount Tabor. He then began to glow with radiant white light and was transfigured. Before them appeared Elijah and Moses, who talked to Jesus. Afterward, the voice of God came down from the clouds and proclaimed that Jesus was His Son. These were both important moments in the Christian prophecies of the events preceding Christ's ascension to heaven. The Biblical Significance of the Mount of Transfiguration The mountain became a site of great significance in the Christian faith. This became known as one of the most significant moments in the life of Jesus Christ, and what is even more powerful is that we are able to visit the actual site. In the moment of His transfiguration, Jesus is seen as the bridge between Heaven and earth. This moment also signifies Jesus as the Son and voice of God, as God instructs the disciples to listen to Jesus and that Jesus is His Son. Mount Tabor is also a site of Christian pilgrimage, as there now stands a church atop the mountain—The Church of the Transfiguration—dating back to 4th century AD. Hiking Mount Tabor Aside from its biblical significance, Mount Tabor is also known for being a fantastic spot for hiking. Whether you are hiking the mountain for the spiritual benefit or simply for physical activity, there are a few trails to choose from. There are three main hiking trails. 1. Bedouin Village The first is about 3 miles long and is the longest hike available. The hike begins at the Bedouin village in Shibli. Here, you can also find a quaint heritage center. It is located inside an older gentleman's home but contains thousands of artifacts. 2. Hike the Summit The second is a short hike of only 1.5 miles that begins on the summit and follows a nature trail. You can drive up to the summit, as the mountain is not very tall. It is only 1 886 feet. This hike is beginner-friendly. 3. The Israel National Trail The third hike is a rather interesting one, as it does not take you up or down Mount Tabor, but instead it forms part of a much larger hike. This hike is known as the Israel National Trail, which takes you across the entire country and takes around 55 days on average to complete. While this once-in-a-lifetime experience does not focus on Mount Tabor, it does pass it along the way. Visiting Mount Tabor While the Mount of Transfiguration is not the most glamorous mountain in the world, its religious significance is so great that we believe everyone should pay it a visit if it is within their capabilities. Not only is it representative of the bridge between Heaven and earth, but it is also the site where Christ was transfigured in radiant light. There are also a few hiking trails to enjoy, ranging in difficulty and duration. Mount Tabor has so much to offer and is definitely a must-see!
Tourists browsing market with many different items for sale
TravellingWhat You Can Find at the Jaffa Flea MarketThe captivating Jaffa Flea Market (or Shuk HaPishpeshim in Hebrew) is not only a 100-year-old institution but a vibrant and eclectic hub for food, antiques, art, music, and culture. Situated in Tel Aviv just south of the romantic beachfront promenade, it's the perfect addition to a date or family outing by the sea. Spreading across atmospheric winding walkways that haven't changed in centuries, the market provides a great way to soak in some of the city's local architecture. The significance of Jaffa in the Bible also makes this a truly special place. Food and Drink at the Jaffa Flea Market Foodies will be in their element here, with access to every kind of cuisine imaginable as well as superb Israeli specialties, usually made fresh on the spot. The eclectic attraction is often referred to as the Jaffa International Market, and is famous for its international foods. Dr. Shakshuka celebrates the tasty Libyan dish; HaMalabi showcases a special Middle Eastern cornstarch pudding; a bar serves Thai beer, while an authentic Greek tavern beckons with its tzatziki; Lima Nippo, 6 Rabbi Tanhum combines Japanese and Peruvian dishes; and the Abulafia Bakery, known for their t-shirts saying "Arabs and Jews refuse to fight", invites you to enjoy dishes from both cultures. Of course, you'll also find some of the best falafel in the country; juice, smoothie, and health food booths; cafés serving up fresh coffee and pastries; elaborate cocktails at high-end clubs; and more. Souvenirs at the Jaffa Flea Market Every kind of trinket imaginable can be found at the market. Browse through one of the best second-hand clothing stores in Tel Aviv at Love Me Two Times, choose your favorite Hollywood memorabilia at Taos, or find a new favorite musical instrument from a far-off land at Halleluyah. Religious items for all three faiths can be found at the market. The Festival Flea Market Mall is a great place to start. It is home to the famous Traditions Judaica shop. You'll also be able to find everything from Turkish rugs to phone chargers and kitchen utensils. Other Things to Do at the Jaffa Flea Market The flea market can be enjoyed for its cultural offerings alone, as it boasts an impressive list of things to do, including: Take the Old Jaffa Night Tour, taking in the sights of the town by the light of the moon and stopping for views at the Clock Tower and Wishing Bridge. Go on an art gallery tour, exploring historic and contemporary exhibits as well as superb design and sculpture – something for every type of art lover. End off the evening with a nightcap at one of the exciting bars.Go dancing at one of the trendy clubs.Watch a live band at a cosmopolitan venue. Flea Market Trading Hours The flea market itself is open Sunday through Thursday (10 am – 6 pm) and Friday (10 am – 2 pm). Fridays are known for playing host to an array of weird and wonderful goods.
Overlooking view of Old Jaffa port and town with a clocktower
TravellingTop 7 Things to Do in Jaffa—Tel AvivModern-day Jaffa (also known as Yafo or Joppa) is a beautiful port city in Tel Aviv, Israel. Biblically, Jaffa is famous as being the place that Jonah (from the story of Jonah and the Whale) fled to from the presence of the Lord. While it isn't a hotspot for tourism, Jaffa is a great place to go to experience stunning architecture, places of historical significance, and simply to escape the hustle and bustle of Tel Aviv. Let's take a look at what exactly there is to do in Jaffa. Top Places to Visit in Jaffa 1. The Jaffa Clock Tower Standing proudly at the heart of Jaffa's town square is the Jaffa Clock Tower. The tower carries tremendous historical significance as it was built during the reign of the Ottoman Empire to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the rule of Ottoman Sultan Abdul-Hamid the second. 2. HaPisgah Garden The quaint gardens here have a stunning view of the coast. There is an amphitheater where one can listen to live music for free on a Saturday, and there are also statues with biblical meaning scattered around for locals and tourists to peruse. From HaPisgah Garden to Jaffa Old City is a wooden bridge known as the Wishing Bridge. Here you can touch the symbol of your astrological sign and make a wish. 3. The Jaffa Flea Market Who doesn't love a good flea market? Especially one as vibrant and lively as the Jaffa Flea Market (Shuk Hapishpishim). This market is open from Saturday to Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm. Stalls, vendors, and second-hand shops line the streets, waiting for tourists and locals alike to peruse their wares. You can also stop at one of the coffee shops nearby after picking up some unique treasures. 4. Rokach House Museum This museum was originally home to Shimon Rokach, the fourth mayor of Tel Aviv and a prominent figure in Israeli politics and the Jewish community. The museum displays an array of Israeli artwork dating back to the early days of the town's development, as well as historical items that provide insight into Shimon's life. The museum is open on Fridays and Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm. 5. House of Simon the Tanner This attraction carries some biblical significance as it was the place where Saint Peter lived while he was spreading the Gospel of Christ. Simon the Tanner himself was merely an individual who housed an apostle, but his home is of great biblical significance to Christians. The stone architecture of this house is similar to that of the rest of old Jaffa's structures and is telling of the stone masonry of the time. 6. Old Jaffa Port (Namal Yafo) This is the port where Jonah set sail before the whale ate him. It is the oldest seaport in the world and has a beautiful view of the sea. You can spot several fishermen at any given time and can enjoy fresh seafood at nearby restaurants. There is also a house with a window to the port, where you can buy freshly baked cookies. 7. The Jaffa Hotel If you need a place to stay, the Jaffa Hotel is your best bet. It is a five-star luxury hotel located close to the Jaffa Port. The rooms are lux, and the hotel offers a valet service and bicycles to explore the surrounding area. There is also a spa and fitness center for guests to enjoy. Make a booking on the Jaffa Hotel official website. Different Types of Sightseeing Tours If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed by all there is to see and do and find yourself needing a bit more guidance, consider booking one of the many sightseeing tours that are on offer. There are group day tours available, which—depending on the one you choose—take you to a combination of locations. These include museums, restaurants, flea markets, and more. Walking tours are also offered around Jaffa. They are shorter than the day tours (which take a full day) and can be guided or independent. The guided tours are usually around 4 hours and take you to fewer locations. There are also private tours you can download to your device, which talk you through the attractions while you walk on your own. While it isn't the most glamorous city and not the most popular tourist attraction in Israel, Jaffa has a lot to offer in terms of history and architecture. If you are looking for a tourist spot away from the hustle and bustle of the popular cities, Jaffa is the place to be!
Aerial panorama of the ruins of the ancient city of Tel Megiddo and the valley
TravellingMegiddo: History, Biblical Significance, and Relevance TodayAs accounted in the book of Revelations, Megiddo is the site of The Final Battle when the world will end. Megiddo is also known as Armageddon, which loosely translates to Hill of Megiddo from the Hebrew, Har Megiddo. Numerous battles have already been waged there, and today Megiddo is surrounded by a nature reserve that anyone can visit. While its history is gruesome and its future frightening, Megiddo is still of great importance in our faith and is something we should learn about. Megiddo Today Before we dive into the history of Megiddo, let's take a look at where it stands geographically. It is a kibbutz in Northern Israel near the Megiddo Junction. This junction connects lower Galilee to central Israel. The Jezreel Valley, or Valley of Megiddo, is a large plain where you can find the kibbutz. West of this valley lies the Carmel Mountain range, and to the east, the Jordan Valley. The large size of this plain is, in part, the reason why so many battles were fought here. The Biblical Significance of Megiddo To understand the biblical significance of Megiddo, we must first take a look at some historical events that took place. Historical Events in Megiddo Megiddo is a site that has seen many battles throughout history and is said to be the place where the end of the world will occur. Historically, more wars have been fought in Megiddo than anywhere else in the world - a total of 34 battles. Two of the most noteworthy occur between Egyptian soldiers and surrounding rebel groups. Megiddo was strategically placed, as it was the passage for trade and commercial activity through Egypt to Mitanni. 15thC BC Battle of Megiddo This battle was fought between the Egyptians and rebellion groups from Canaan. Both sides gathered enormous amounts of troops together as a showcase of power and rebellion. 609 BC Battle of Megiddo This battle occurred between Judaean and Egyptian soldiers for many of the same reasons as the battle in the 15thC. Again, this was due to a denial of passage and a showcase of power. 1918 Battle of Megiddo Very recently, in historical terms, a battle was fought in Megiddo in 1918. During the First World War, Sinai and Palestinian forces battled against the allied Egyptian forces. As with most of the battles of the First World War, it was one of territorial conquest. Megiddo and the Final Battle The final battle, when the world will end, will be fought in Megiddo, as is written in the Bible. It will be a battle between the forces of good and evil. It is said that during this battle, the clouds will open, and God will deliver his people from this evil and take them to heaven. For they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty... And they gathered them together to the place called in Hebrew, Armageddon. - Revelations 16:14-16 (NKJV). Visiting Meggido in Israel Meggido is open at all times for tourists to pay a visit. The site is teeming with rich history, and from specific vantage points, you can almost imagine the numerous battles which occurred on its soil. There are two lookout points available to visitors: one to the north and one to the south. Each provides a unique view of beautiful sights in the surrounding area. There are underground tunnels to explore and ruins of ancient cities. A secondary attraction to Meggido is the flora and fauna. You may catch a glimpse of foxes, jackals or even mongooses. There is also some leafy vegetation to enjoy in areas away from the old battlefield. Tel Megiddo National Park Important Information Opening Hours During Summer: Saturday - Thursday: 08:00 - 17:00 Friday: 08:00 - 16:00 Any day before a holiday: 08:00 - 16:00 Opening Hours During Winter: Saturday - Thursday: 08:00 - 16:00 Friday: 08:00 - 15:00 Any day before a holiday: 08:00 - 13:00 Price List: Adult: 28 NIS Group of adults or students: 24 NIS/person Child or Senior Citizen: 14 NIS Children in a group: 12 NIS/person Please do make a reservation through the Megiddo National Park official website, and note that prices are subject to change.
Mt Hermon
Travelling12 Interesting Facts About Mount HermonMount Hermon is a group of three mountain peaks within the Anti-Lebanon Mountain range. It is situated almost four and a half hours away from Tiberias (another popular attraction in Israel). It is the highest mountain in Israel and is a popular attraction for various reasons. Not only is it possible to perform multiple winter sports at the Mount Hermon Ski resort, but it is also an ancient mountain with high religious significance. Here are 12 interesting facts which we think contribute to the significance and allure of the valley of Mount Hermon. Interesting Points About Mount Hermon Shared ownership This mountain is on the border of Syria and Lebanon and is shared in ownership by Israel and Syria. The exact latitude and longitude of Mount Hermon is 33.3080° N, 35.7727° E. Multiple names Mount Hermon is known by many different names: • The Snowy Mountain • The Grey-Haired Mountain • Mount Sirion/Senir In Deuteronomy 3:8 (NKJV), the Sidonians referred to Mount Hermon as Mount Sirion and the Amorites as Mount Senir. • Jabal al-shaykh (Arabic) Marks the parameters of the Promised Land In Deuteronomy 3, we read about how Joshua led Israelite forces to fight against Og, king of Bashan. Og's forces were defeated, and the Promised Land (from the River Arnon in Jordan to Mount Hermon) was reclaimed. Mount Sinai Some believe that the mountain where God gave Moses the ten commandments is modern-day Mount Hermon. Mount Sinai has been described as a volcano, and we know there to be the remaining crater of a dormant volcano on Mount Hermon. The transfiguration of the Lord Evidence suggests that Jesus Christ's transfiguration happened on Mount Hermon. During the transfiguration of Christ, the Lord took Peter, John, and James to the top of a mountain and was transfigured to be glowing with holy light. We know that Jesus was in Caesarea Philippi, which is at the base of Mount Hermon, very shortly before the transfiguration. The transfiguration occurred on a tall mountain, and Mount Hermon is the tallest in the area, further supporting this claim. Fallen angels on Mount Hermon According to the biblical Apocrypha, in the book of Enoch, Mount Hermon could signify the place where angels fell to watch over the humans of Earth. The dew of Hermon In Psalms 133:3 (NKJV), brotherhood is likened to the dew of Hermon. This comparison stems from the literal dew on the mountain, which feeds the streams and rivers, in the same way that brotherhood is nurturing and fruitful. The Mount Hermon Ski Resort Situated in a region that never rarely receives snow, the Mount Hermon Ski Resort is somewhat a wonder in Israel. Given its height, the resort experiences snow during the winter months (January to March). There are lessons offered for both beginners and seasoned skiers. The tallest mountain in Israel The highest peak on Mount Hermon is at an altitude of 9,292 feet, making it the tallest mountain in Israel (and the highest point in Syria). Mount Hermon is also the highest point along the East of the Mediterranean sea. The springs The face of Mount Hermon consists mainly of limestone. The water that runs off the melted snow seeps into the stone, which feeds the streams at the bottom of the mountain. One of these, the Banias stream, is one of three which feed the Jordan River. The artificial snowman At the top of the mountain within the ski resort is a jolly, tall snowman wearing a red polka dot hat. He stands proud all year round as he is not made from real snow. Snowshoeing with a view If skiing is too much of an adrenaline rush, there is always the option to go snowshoeing on Mount Hermon. One of the ski lifts will take you to a designated route, and you can enjoy the marvelous view while you hike, snowshoe or backpack. Why You Should Visit Mount Hermon Mount Hermon boasts magnificent views, fun activities, and religious significance, making it the perfect destination to visit. Whether it be for fun or learning, there is something for everyone. Mount Hermon is a landmark with so much religious significance; there's no doubt that you'll leave feeling renewed in your faith.
Nimrod Fortress
TravellingVisit Nimrod Fortress: Interesting Facts, Location, History, and MoreNimrod Fortress is the largest castle remaining from the Middle Ages in Israel at the foot of Mount Hermon, in the northern Golan Heights. Built in the 13th century (1229 CE), it is set at about 2,500 feet and overlooks the lush Banias forests, which are decorated with sparkling rivers and waterfalls. Why Is It Called the Nimrod Fortress? It was named after Nimrod of Babylon, a significant Biblical figure and warrior who also once built an extraordinary castle of his own on a hilltop. Nimrod was the great-grandson of Noah, a king in the land of Shinar, and a famous hunter and warrior. He is mentioned in the Book of Genesis and Books of Chronicles. He is considered one of the men who helped build the Tower of Babel. There is also evidence suggesting that the Epic of Gilgamesh written on clay tablets, the oldest work of literature ever discovered, was based on the figure Nimrod. Who Built the Nimrod Fortress? The Nimrod Fortress was built by the Ayyubids people. Foundation Inscriptions indicate that Nimrod Fortress was first built in 1229 CE, by Al-Aziz Uthman, the second son of Saladin, as a way to guard an important trade route and entry point to Damascus. It was also held by the Crusaders and the Mamluks, who enlarged it substantially. Size Of the Nimrod Fortress The fortress comes in at 1,350 feet in length and 500 feet in width. The large keep on its eastern side is 200 X 150 feet and framed by huge rectangular towers. Facts About Nimrod Fortress The secret passage Visitors to the fortress can explore the prison tower as well as a secret passage that is 88.5 feet (27 meters) long and opens up in the northwest tower. Seige security Water was stored in cut-out pools below the fortress, only accessible via protected staircases to ensure the people had a good supply of water when the castle went under siege. The Valley of Nimrod It has been said that the Valley of Nimrod is where the Tower of Babel may have once stood. Can You Visit the Fortress? Yes. The castle is open every day except Sundays. Ticket Prices Standard ticket prices are: Adult: 21 NISChild: 9 NIS Combo ticket (Nimrod Fortress & Banias): Adult: 38 NIS Child: 19 NIS Groups of 30+ qualify for special rates Touring A full tour can take a few hours, depending on how long you spend at various architectural points. You can peep through battlements, go up the round stairs to the fourth floor, and see ancient inscriptions (as well as some very cute-looking lions) sculpted into the walls. The views from the fortress are spectacular - be prepared to spend a little time soaking in the vistas and taking some photos. The beautiful, historic, and mystifying Nimrod Fortress is a must-see for anyone visiting the Golan Heights.