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Around the Holy Land

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Belvoir- Kochav HaYarden

Belvoir National Park is located on the eastern Issachar Plateau at the edge of a steep slope above the Jordan Valley. Its spectacular panorama gave the fortress its name- ’Belvoir’ means ‘beautiful view’.
The Crusaders built the fortress in around 1140, during the reign of Fulk d’Anjou (1131-1142). In 1168, the Hospitaller Knights bought the land and made it into one of the most important fortresses in the country, overlooking the Jordan Valley and the road from the Tabor Stream to the coastal plain and the Via Maris (the Way of the Sea).


An important Phoenician port, a fortified city located along the Acre-Antiochus highway. Served as a fortress during the Crusader era. In those times Achziv was called Castel Humbert, ruins of which can still be seen. In 1271 it was conquered by the Mamluk Sultan Baibars. Most of the remains you see today are from the abandoned Arab village of Az-Ziv.
Today Achziv National Park is noted as one of northern Israel’s most popular beaches, located 5 km north of Nahariyya.


They say once you’ve read the Bible where its events actually happened, you’ll never be the same. Nowhere is this truer than on Mount Carmel, at Mukhraka, which means “burned place,” where Elijah faced off against the prophets of Baal and God sent down fire from Heaven. (I Kings 18:17-46).

Elah Valley


Wadi Qilt

The wadi itself is good for travel only for those out for a pleasant day hike. In ancient times, people made their way on the route above. Some of the biblical events which likely occurred on this route include: David’s flight from Absalom (2 Sam 15-16), Zedekiah’s flight from the Babylonians (2 Kgs 25:4), the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), and Jesus’ travels from Jericho to Jerusalem (e.g., Luke 19:28).


Herodium is 3 miles southeast of Bethlehem and 8 miles south of Jerusalem. Its summit is 2,460 feet above sea level.
Herod built or rebuilt eleven fortresses. This one he constructed on the site of his victory over Antigonus in 40 BC.
Herod's Herodium

Beth She'an

Located 17 miles south of the Sea of Galilee, Beth Shean is situated at the strategic junction of the Harod and Jordan Valleys. The fertility of the land and the abundance of water led the Jewish sages to say, "If the Garden of Eden is in the land of Israel, then its gate is Beth Shean." It is no surprise then that the site has been almost continuously settled from the Chalcolithic period to the present.

Beth Shean Excavations

The Good Samaritan Museum

The museum at the Good Samaritan Inn archeological site by Ma’ale Adumim is the only mosaic museum in the country and one of only three in the world. Mosaics and other artifacts unearthed in Judea, Samaria and Gaza are on display at the museum. Some of the mosaics on display have been removed from various sites to protect them from harm, while others are reconstructions. Work on the mosaics, to prepare them for the public eye, has taken many years during which skilled professionals excavated the mosaics, preserved them and, where necessary, reconstructed them.

Tabgha- Ein Sheva

Tabgha (Ein Sheva) is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is traditionally accepted as the place of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30-46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) after His Crucifixion.

The Enchanting White City

Gorgeous Bauhaus balconies overlook the square which is home to concerts with a very European charm. Nearby is a bustling outdoor market. Not far away is Jaffa, where you can hear the moving church music, and no matter where you go, the sea is always just directly across from you, the color of the water changing in the light. Tel Aviv - a portrait of a city that lives and breathes with its residents, 24/7.