Upper Galilee   Sites Gallery

This page summarizes the sites that are reviewed in the area of the Upper Galilee.

 

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This page is a sites gallery of the north of the Galilee - the "Upper" Galilee.

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Tell Hazor

 

Tell Hazor is one of the largest, most important biblical sites in the Canaanite and Israelite periods. The bible gave it the title: "the head of all those kingdoms".

 

View of King Solomon's walls in Tell Hazor.

 

Joshua 11:10: "And Joshua at that time turned back, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms."

 

   

Tell Yaaf (Qasab)

 

Tell Yaaf is a biblical site located east to Rosh-Pinna, on the route of the ancient road to Syria. It is yet unidentified.

 

 

Rosh-Pinna was established in the 19th C AD, and recently restored.

 

 

 
 

Montfort Crusaders castle

 

   Ruins of a remote 13C Crusaders castle located in the heart of the nature park of Kziv creek. Once the center of the Teutonic Knights, now a popular hiking place.

 

 

 
 

Tell Avdon   (Abdon, Hebron)

 

  Ruins of a Biblical city on a hill on the western end of Kziv creek. The site existed until the Crusaders and Mamluk periods, and preserved the Biblical name.

 

 

Joshua 19 24, 28: "And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families....And Hebron, and Rehob, and Hammon, and Kanah, even unto great Zidon;"

 
 
               

Khirbet Masref

 

  Ruins of a Roman and Byzantine fishermen village located along the shore, south of Rosh Hanikra. May have been the Biblical area of Misrephot-Maim.

 

Coast near Khirbet Masref

 

Joshua 11: 8: "And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them, and chased them unto great Zidon, and unto Misrephothmaim"

    Khirbet Manot (Manueth)

 

  Ruins of a Roman/Byzantine village on the western edge of Kziv creek. In the site are ruins of a Crusaders fortified farm complex, including a sugar processing factory.

 

Manot: press base for sugar refinery

 

          

 

 
      Khirbet Suggar

 

  Ruins of a Roman/Byzantine village on the western edge of Kziv creek.  In the site are traces of buildings, sheepfold, installations, and traces of a church. On the hillside are stone quarries and rock-hewn tombs.

 

Khirbet Suggar - the sheepfold.

 

 

   Keshet (Arch) cave

 

   A large natural cave that overlooks the Bezet creek, a famous rappelling place. The caves around the site are prehistoric sites and were in use also in later periods.

 

Keshet cave

 

 

 

 

 
 

 Mi'ilya (King's castle)

 

  A Greek Catholic village in the west upper Galilee, built over the ruins of the 12th C  Crusader fortress.  The fortress first belonged to the Crusader King Baldwin III, and was called the "King's fortress" , then owned by the De Milly family. The site was a large Biblical city, identified with "Aloth".

 

Kings fortress in Mi'ilya

 

1 Kings 4:16: "Baanah the son of Hushai was in Asher and in Aloth"

 

 

 

 Mi'ilya - Oil press

 

  An ancient oil press located in Mi'ilya, a  Greek Catholic village in the west upper Galilee. The structure was part of the Crusaders fortress.

 

Mi'ilya - ancient oil press

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
  Khirbet Beit Uriya

 

  Ruins of a Roman/Byzantine village on the western edge of Kziv creek.  A short second stage of settlement was in the Crusader/Ottoman period. Across the creek is a Biblical site.

 

Ruins at Khirbet Beit Uriya

 

Beit Jan

 

  A Druze village in the center upper Galilee, the highest village in Israel. Founded in the 13th C, and may be identified as the Biblical "Beth-Dagon" of the Galilee.

Beit Jan - Sunset view of Western Galilee

 

Joshua 19, 24-27: "And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. And their border was... And turneth toward the sunrising to Bethdagon..."

 
 
 

Khirbet Seraf (Semah)

 

   Remains of an ancient village on a hill on the southern side of Bezet Creek, near the modern village of Ya'ara. Another Roman/Byzantine village, Ramah,  was established on its east side.

 

Khirbet Seraf near Ya'ara.

 

 

 

Khirbet Mehoz

 

   Remains of a Byzantine village on the north side of the upper section of Beit Haemek brook.  A recommended site for a short hike in the spring time.

 

Hurvat (Khirbet) Mehoz : structures on the north side

 

 

 
 

Khirbet Tefen

 

   Khirbet Tefen is the ruins of a mountain fortress dated to the Hellenistic period.

 

Khirbet Tefen

 

 

 

 

 

Khirbet Heshek

   Remains of a well preserved 6th C Byzantine church in Tefen area. The structure was probably part of Khirbet Mehoz.

Khirbet Heshek: view of the ruins of the church

 

 
   Rosh Hanikra

 

 Located on the western side of the border with Lebanon, the tourist attraction offers amazing views of the grottos and tunnels.

 

Grottoes in Rosh Hanikra

 

Psalms 93:4: "The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea".

 

 

Tell Dan

  A nature reserve and the source of the Dan and Jordan rivers. An impressive archaeological site with unique  remains of the Canaanite and Israelite cities and a Biblical High Place.

 

 

Joshua 19 47: "...the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it... and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father".

 

 
 

Dan - Israelite City

 This web page focuses on the Israelite (Iron age) city in Tell Dan.

 

 

  Joshua 19 47: "...the children of Dan... took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and possessed it, and dwelt therein, and called ... Dan".

 

 

 Dan - Canaanite City

   This web page focuses on the Canaanite (Bronze age) city in Tell Dan - the Biblical city of Laish/Leshem.

 

 

Genesis 14:14: "And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan".

 

 
 

Dan - High Place

   This web page focuses on the ritual site in Tell Dan - established by Jeroboam son of Nebat as an alternative worship site for Jerusalem.

 

 

1 Kings 12 28-31: "... and the other put he in Dan. ... And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi".

 

 

 

Dan - Nature Reserve

  

This web page focuses on the Nature reserve in Tell Dan, a natural wonderland of streams, springs, ponds, trees and hiking trails.

 

 Judges 18 9: "...we have seen the land, and, behold, it is very good".

 

 

 
 

Kedesh - Overview

 

  

One of the largest and most important ancient mounds in the Galilee. Inhabited from the Bronze age to the Roman period. Recent excavations focus on the Persian/Hellenistic period.

 

 

 
 

 

Kedesh - Roman City

   The ruins of the Roman village is located on a small hill to the north-east of the ancient Biblical site.

 

 

 
 
 

Kedesh - Biblical City

   The ruins of the ancient city are located on a large mound, with remains from the Canaanite, Israelite and Persian/Hellenistic periods.

 

 

 

Joshua 21 32: "Kedesh in Galilee with the open land about it, the city of refuge for the manslayer".

 

 

Abel Beth Maacah

 

   An important  Canaanite and Israelite city  in the northern part of Israel.

 

 

 

2 Samuel 20:15: "And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah.

 
 
 

Zefat Fortress

 

   Ruins of a huge fortress dated to the Crusaders and Mamluke periods, on a high hill above the city of  Zefat.

 

 

 

Matthew 5: 14: "A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.".

 

Ateret Fortress

 

  Ruins of a Crusaders fortress, near a key river crossing over the Upper Jordan river.

 

 

 
 
 

Hunin Fortress

 

  Ruins of a Crusaders frontier fortress, later fortified in the Ottoman period,  in the Upper Galilee.

 

 

 

     
 

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