Golan – Sites Gallery

   This page summarizes the sites that are reviewed in the area of the Golan – located on the north-east side of Israel.

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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.


Khirbet Kanaf

  • This site is located on the Golan heights, above the north-east side of the sea of Galilee. This site is the ruins of an Arab village which was built on top of a Roman synagogue. Walking through the ruins brings the sensations of living in the Biblical times.

Em-Hakshatot

  • Ruins of a Byzantine village located in the southern Golan heights. The site has a spring that flows out of a double-arches structure, and also ruins of a grand Roman period synagogue.

Byzantine synagogue in Em Hakshatot, southern Golan heights

Kefar Yehudiye  (Sogana)

  • Ruins of a Roman village located in the central Golan heights.  This site is identified as Sogana, one of the villages that were forified during the great revolt against the Romans.

Kefar Yehudiyah in the central Golan heights

  • Josephus Flavius, War 2:  20: 6: “…in Gaulonitis he fortified Seleucia, and Sogane, and Gamala”

Dolmens in the Golan

  • In the Golan there are hundreds of prehistoric megalith tombs erected in the fields.

A Dolmen near Givat Bazak - east of Gamla.

Roman Roads in the Golan

  • The Romans built roads thru the Golan heights, establishing efficient link from Israel to Syria

Roman road near Gamla

Bethsaida

  •   The ruins of the village are located on a hill, above the delta of the upper Jordan river, a fertile area with many ancient villages. It was a fishermen town, and the site of Jesus’ two miracles.

  • Mark 8:22: “And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him…”

Khirbet e-Dikke

  •       Ruins of a late Roman village, located near the upper Jordan river in the fertile valley of BethSaida (Bettiha).

Coins from Bethsaida

  •    This web page presents some of the coins found in the Bethsaida excavations.

Gamla (Gamala)

  •    Gamla, a large fortified city located on a high ridge above a crossing of two gorges,  is one of the famous cities where Jewish rebels fought bravely against the Romans until their fatal end. Its story  is well detailed in Josephus historical accounts.

Gamla - from the north

  •  Josephus (War 4, 1 1): “Gamala … was situated upon a rough ridge of a high mountain”.

Banias (Caesarea Philippi)

  •    An impressive Greco-Roman city located near a flowing spring – one of the sources of the Jordan river on the foothills of the Hermon mountain. A Roman sanctuary, which included temples and ritual courtyards,  was built near the sacred grotto of Pan.

 

Khorvat Omrit

  •    A newly discovered Roman imperial temple complex, south-west of Banias (Caesarea-Philippi). Its temple is identified as the Augusteum described by Josephus and built by Herod.

Kh. Omrit - eastern staircase

 

  • Josephus (Wars 1 21):”…he (Herod) built there also a temple of white marble, hard by the fountains of Jordan”.

Banias Temples

  •    A Roman sanctuary, which included temples and ritual courtyards,  was built near the sacred grotto of Pan.

Banias - Sanctuary of Pan

 

  •  Josephus (Wars 1 21 3): “… the place is called Panium, where is a top of a mountain that is raised to an immense height, and at its side, beneath, or at its bottom, a dark cave opens itself”.

Banias (Hermon) Stream

  •      Along the upper section of the Banias (Hermon) stream are a number of interesting sites, including Roman bridge, HydroElectric station, flour mill and more.

  Banias (Hermon) stream - upper section marvels

Banias Crusaders city

  •      The Crusaders fortified the frontier city of Banias in the 12th C. Sections of its gate, walls and towers are located in the ruins of the ancient city.

 

     Nimrod Fortress

  •         The Nimrod fortress (Qal’at Namrud, Qal’at Subeiba) is one of the largest and most impressive fortresses in Israel. The fortress guarded the main road from Damascus to Tyre and Tiberias, and was an Arab stronghold which was constructed in order to block the Crusaders.

  Nimrod fortress - view from the south-western tower

Banias – Roman/Byzantine city

  •       This page focuses on the Roman and Byzantine city in Banias.

 

  •   Ant 20 9 4: “About this time it was that king Agrippa built Cesarea Philippi larger than it was before, and, in honor of Nero, named it Neronlas.”

Majduliyah

  •    A newly excavated Roman village in the central Golan. A large public structure, perhaps a synagogue, was found.

Kh. Katzrin

  •   Ancient Katzrin is a beautifully restored Byzantine period village in the central Golan area.

 

Orkha (Juhadar)

  •       Ruins of a Medieval village and Caravansary, and a Roman/Byzantine period settlement, in the southern Golan region.

 

Mt. Shipon

  •       An extinguished volcano in the northern Golan heights.

 

Rujm el-Hiri Gilgal Refaim

  • A massive megalithic complex in the Golan heights, regarded as the “Stonehenge of the Levant”.

 


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Aerial videos playlist

Fly over some of the Golan sites with this playlist, composed of BibleWalks aerial videos:


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This page was last updated on Mar 28, 2020 (Added Gilgal Refaim)


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