West Galilee

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This page summarizes the sites that are reviewed in the region of Western Galilee.

 

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This page is a sites gallery of the region of West Galilee. These sites are on the shore area of the Galilee, excluding Acre sites which are reviewed in a separate page.

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You can also see the list of sites on a map of the region, and use it to navigate among the places.
   

Shavey-Zion

 

A community and agriculture village south of Nahariya, with a Byzantine Church and beautiful mosaic floor.

 

 

 

Shefaram

 

Today an Arab city 8KM from the bay of Haifa, on the west hills of the Galilee. In Roman times - the place of the Sanhendrin. The Crusaders built here a fort to protect the road from Acre to Nazareth. Later, a fort was built in the 18th C.

 

 

 

 
 

 

Khirbet Ofrat

 

An ancient city on the ancient road from west (Shefaram, Acre) to east (Sepphoris, sea of Galilee). The site existed for over 4000 years.

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Tell Kisson

 

The Tell is a biblical city , south-east to Acre.  The site is located on the ancient road of Via Maris, the major highway that connect Egypt to Syria and the north. This Tell dominates the entire plains south-east to Acre. Its identification is not certain;  some scholars identify it as Achshaf or biblical Cabul.

 

 

 

Tell Bira

 

The Tell is a biblical city on the ancient Via Maris road, east to Acre, near Kibbutz Yasur. It is identified as Rehob, part of Asher's tribe cities.

 

 

1 Chronicles 6:65: "...And Hukok with her suburbs, and Rehob with her suburbs:"

 

 
 

Tell Afek

 

The Tell is a biblical city on the ancient Via Maris road, south to Acre. 

Judges 1: 31: " Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob".
 

 

 

West Nahal Zippori

 

The west side of Nahal Zippori (Sepphoris creek) has several ancient sites spanning from Prehistoric times until recent time. They enjoyed the year round water flowing in the valley, the great soil, and strategic location.

 

 

 

 
 

Khali

 

The west side of Nahal Zippori (Sepphoris creek) has several ancient sites, including a fortified biblical city and agriculture villages.

 

Joshua 19:24-25" "And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. And their border was Helkath, and Khali, and Beten, and Achshaph"

 

 

 

Tell Regev

 

Tell Regev was a biblical fortified city that was one of the passing points across the Kishon river. Its history spanned from the Early bronze age to the Byzantine period. It belonged to the Asher tribe, but its identification is not certain.

 

Joshua 19:25: "And their border was Helkath, and Khali, and Beten, and Achshaph".

 

 
 

 

Tell Par & Kh. Ibtin

 

Tell Par was a biblical village. It belonged to the Asher tribe, but its identification is not certain. The site was continued in the nearby site of Kh. Ibtin. It may be "Beten" from the book of Joshua.

 

Joshua 19:24-25: "And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher according to their families. And their border was Helkath, and Khali, and Beten, and Achshaph".

 

 

Nahariyah

 

A resort town located on the junction of Via Maris and the Ga'aton river, near the border with Lebanon. A number of archaeological places were excavated in the city, including a Canaanite temple  a Byzantine church.

 

A section of the mosaics of the Byzantine church of Nahariyah

  

 
 

Tell Achziv

 

Tell Achziv is a major coastal Biblical city that existed over 30 centuries, and is located on the outlet of Kziv creek close to the border with Lebanon.

 

One of the ruins in Tell Achziv.

 

Joshua 19 29: "And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher ... and the outgoings thereof are at the sea from the coast to Achzib".

 

Khirbet Sharta

 

Khirbet Sharta is the ruins of a small village in the north-east part of  Kiryat Atta. This village existed from the Iron age to the Byzantine period, and was located on two hills.

 

View of the eastern hill of Khirbet Sharta/Sharata/Sirta- looking from the north side.

 
 
 

Khirbet Usha

 

   The ancient town of Usha was, for two times, the seat of the Sanhedrin during the Roman period. 

 

Ruins of Usha

 

Jeremiah 50, 15: "Shout against her round about: she hath given her hand: her foundations are fallen, her walls are thrown down".

 

 

 

 

Roman Road, Usha

 

A section of a Roman road north of Usha, between  Kiryat Atta and Shefaram. An inscription on a rock ("CAB") may have been an ancient Sabbath zone marker.

 

 

 

 
 

Tell Zavat (Subat)

 

The Tell is located on the ancient Via Maris road, south to Afek.  It was inhabited from the Bronze period through the Byzantine period.

 

Tell Zavat from the west side.

 

  (Isaiah 9,1): “...the way of the sea... in Galilee of the nations”.

 

  Shefaram Burial caves

 

     Byzantine period Christian burial caves, with one of the most remarkable rock carvings in the Galilee. The exterior and interior of the caves are richly designed.

 

Shefaram: Facade of burial cave

 

 
 

Kishon River

 

The largest river in Israel. Many Biblical events and sites are located along its banks.

 

 

Judges 5 21: "The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon".

 

Yehi'am Crusader fortress

 

   Ruins of a Crusader hilltop fortress in the Upper Western Galilee near Kibbutz of Yehi'am.

 

 
 

 

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