A Tour of Beit She'an, Beit Alpha and Gan HaShlosha

 

Leaving Tel Aviv behind us, we'll pass through the Valley of Jezreel, widely renowned as the site of Armageddon, where the very last battle will take place at the End of Days.

Our first stop here will be at the archeological city of Beit She'an. Located to the south of the pivotal Sea of Galilee, there is no question regarding the importance of the city, which also constitutes what is probably the most unique national park in Israel. The city was the capital of the Roman Decapolis, mentioned in the Bible (the Old and New Testaments), it was continuously inhabited and one of the main cities during the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Three millennia ago, during the battle with the Philistines, they had hung the body of King Saul from the town's ramparts (I Sam 31:10). The archeological hill found here, with its 5000 years of history, towers majestically and still overlooks the ruins of the Roman and, later on, the Byzantine city which took shape in its shade.

 

We’ll wander the ancient streets of Beit She'an, taking in the undisputedly amazing columns which had been toppled in the great earthquake of 749 A.D.; the impressive theater which has been returned to use; the luxurious bathhouse which has been reconstructed in order to show spectators the way pastime had been spent in times gone by and which later housed a baptistery; and the churches which had graced the city's suburbs. The surrounding fertile countryside, including the Valley of Jezreel and the mountains of Gilboa and Gilad, is still worthy of the epithet given to it in olden days: "The gateway to the Garden of Eden"

We will continue by Mount Gilboa is part of the lower Galilee's eastern passageway between the Jezreel Valley, Israel's breadbasket, and the famous Jordan Valley. One of the Galilee's most scenic regions, this 500-meter-high ridge is also the site where King Saul, along with his sons Jonathan, Abinadav and Malkishua had been slain during a battle with the Philistines (I Sam 31:2-7). This touching story is commemorated in the names of some of the communities and peaks along this 18-kilometer-long mountainous stretch.

 

Our next station will be the Beit Alpha's synagogue, with its stunning mosaic floor which was discovered during the paving of a road for the people of this kibbutz. Here, we'll enjoy an audio-visual performance which will take us back to the period of time when the synagogue was being built and help us observe the different mosaic composing styles, as well as how daily life was being led back in the old days.

At Gan HaShlosha also known as the “sahne" (the Garden of Three) we will spend a wonderfully relaxing afternoon bathing in one of the most celebrated natural spring spas in Israel, with a fixed temperature of 28 Celsius degrees and which has been dubbed one of the ten most beautiful gardens in the world by Times magazine.

In the afternoon, we will start our way back to the hotel.

 

 

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