Aerial views (Page 2)

A quadcopter drone is used for capturing photos from above. This page contains a 2nd group of our aerial photos.

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This is page 2 (sites 51 and up) of the Aerial photos of the Holy Land.

51. Beth Shemesh

An important Biblical city, located in the valley of Nahal Sorek. Beth Shemesh is mentioned in connection with the return of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines.

1 Samuel 6:12: “And the kine took the straight way to the way of Bethshemesh, and went along the highway…”

52. Valley of Elah

The famous site of the battle between David and Goliath.

1 Samuel 17 2: “And Saul and the men of Israel were gathered together, and pitched by the valley of Elah, and set the battle in array against the Philistines. ”

53. Geva (Tell Mea’mar)

On and around Tell Mea’mer are ruins of a biblical city on the eastern side of Mount Carmel. It is identified with “Geva Shemen” and “Harosheth of the Gentiles”.

A view from the east side of the site was captured by the drone. The Kishon river loops around the mound, on its way to the sea in the far background. Mt Carmel foothills are seen on the left side.

A flight around the site can be seen in this drone video.

54. Kh. Harithiya

Kh. Harithiya is a large Hellenistic and Roman period city, located near Kibbutz Sha’ar Ha’Amakim It is identified as “Geva Parashim” or “Gaba”.

In the left background is Mt Carmel, with the Biblical mound of Tell Mea’mer in front its foothills.

55. Khirbet Manot

Ruins of a Roman/Byzantine village on the western edge of Kziv creek. In the site are ruins of a Crusaders fortified farm complex (“Manueth”), including a sugar processing factory (seen in this view).

56. Tel Kassis

Ruins of a biblical city on the east of Mount Carmel. Identified with Khelkat, the southern city in the region of Asher. Two major Biblical events happened here, or close to the site – Elijah slaughters the Baal prophets (1 Kings 18): “…and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there”) and the Battle of Deborah (Judges 4): “But Barak pursued after the chariots, and after the host, unto Harosheth of the Gentiles: and all the host of Sisera fell upon the edge of the sword; and there was not a man left”.

57. Tel Yokneam

Tel Yokneam stands in the entrance of a mountain pass, an important city in Biblical times (Joshua 12, 22: “…king of Jokneam in Carmel”). It was fortified in later periods, including Crusaders period as seen in this photo.

A flight above the site can be seen in this drone video.

58. Khirbet Rosh Zayit

Ruins of an Iron age site, in the hills above the plain of Cabul in the Western Galilee. An 11th-8th C BC Phoenician fortress, regional administrative center, military post and agriculture village. The site may be identified with the Biblical Cabul from the times of King Solomon. 1 Kings 9:11,13: “King Solomon gave Hiram twenty cities in the land of Galilee…And they were called the land of Cabul, unto this day”

A flight above the site can be seen in this drone video.

59. Tel Lachish

Lachish was the second most important fortified city in the kingdom of Judea, after Jerusalem. It guarded a main road from Egypt to Jerusalem. Lachish is referred in many Biblical accounts, including the Assyrian and Babylonian campaigns when Lachish was a key city for the conquest of the Judean Kingdom.

The highlights of the visit to the ruins of the city include the Assyrian siege ramp, the base of the Judean palace-fort, and the gate complex – all of them are seen in this south west photo.

A view from the east side of the Tel is in the following aerial view. New excavations are conducted now (July 2015) on the eastern walls, as seen near the large green tent. A new gate, first unearthed in the 2014 season, is the focus of this season.

A flight above the site can be seen in this drone video.

60. Tel Yaaf

Tel Yaaf is a Biblical site located east to Rosh-Pinna, on the route of the ancient road to Syria. An aerial view from the south east side is shown here. On the left side is the higher south hill, while on the right is the lower hill. The modern village of Rosh-Pinna is in the far background.

61. Kh. Beersheba (Galilee)

This photo, captured by a drone, shows the summit and foothills of Khirbet Beer Sheba from the south side (near highway #85). The Zalmon creek is in the center, 130m below the height of the summit. This steep descent gave the hill a great natural defense, which is why Josephus fortified the village during the great revolt. Josephus Wars 3 3 1: “…as far as Bersabe, from which beginning also is taken the breadth of the Upper Galilee”

The hills is the background are in the Upper Galilee region, while the foreground is part of the Lower Galilee.

62. Kefar Hannania

The ruins of a village from the Israelite period, famous with its holy rock-cut tombs of distinguished Jewish Rabbis starting from the Byzantine period.

A western view of the ruins of Kefar Hannania was captured by a drone at late summer. Highway #85 is located on its south side. In the far right background, southeast of the site, is the modern communal settlement of Kfar Hananya, established in 1977 and named after the ancient site.

This YouTube aerial video starts from a view of the western side of Kefar Hannania, then turns around to show Tel Beer Sheba and continue a full turn to show the area around the site.

63. Tel Shimron

Ruins of a large Biblical city, located at a junction of major ancient crossroads in the Jezreel valley. Joshua 12: 1, 20: “Now these are the kings of the land, whom the children of Israel smote, and possessed their land… the king of Shimron-meron, one;”

The drone captured this photo from the south west side. The ancient city occupied the entire hill, while the “upper city” was located on the summit. The white rectangles on the hillside are the foundations of the abandoned immigrant camp (Ma’abara). Its temporary residents were relocated in 1954 to the city of Migdal Haemek.

The modern houses of Timrat are seen in the upper right background.

Date of Photo: July 2015

Another drone view, from the north west side, is in the following photo. The fertile Jezreel valley can be seen on the right background.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

64. Tel Yizreel

Yizreel was a major Biblical city, located on the ancient trade route. It was the northern capital of the Kingdom of Israel, and appears in several Biblical accounts such as the wicked Queen Jezebel (1 Kings 21:23): “The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel”.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

65. Tel Sarid

Sarid was one of Zebulun cities, and located in the Jezreel valley. (Joshua 19: 10): “And the third lot came up for the children of Zebulun according to their families; and the border of their inheritance was unto Sarid.”

66. Beit Shean – Scythopolis

Beit Shean was a major Biblical city, located in the center of major trade routes. (1 Kings 4 7-12): “And Solomon had twelve officers over all Israel… Baana the son of Ahilud; to him pertained … all Bethshean, which is by Zartanah beneath Jezreel”. The Hellenistic city, Scythopolis, was established near its ruins and became a major city until its destruction in the 8th C.

This drone view captured the north east side of Beit Shean. The Biblical Tel is seen behind the valley of the Harod stream. To its left are the ruins of the Roman/Byzantine city, which was accessed from a great bridge seen here on the bottom left side.

67. Kesalon (Chesalon)

Ruins of a Biblical city on a high rising hill on the western Judea foothills region. This may be the place of the Biblical city of Kesalon (Chesalon), which fits the description of the Judea cities in the book of Joshua. Joshua 15:10: “And the border … passed along unto the side of mount Jearim, which is Chesalon…“.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

68. Tel Iton

Remains of a large Biblical city located in an area where the western foothills of Hebron meet the Judean low hills. The site is identified by most scholars as Eglon, a city which fought against the Israelites as part of the 5 Amorite kings coalition. Recent excavations revealed sections of the Canaanite and Israelite city which was destroyed by the Assyrians at the end of the 8th Century BC.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

69. Mazor Mausoleum

A Mausoleum, dated to the Hellenistic and Roman periods, is one of the oldest standing structures in Israel. The structure is situated close to the Via Maris cross road, near the modern settlement of El’ad and Moshav Mazor. The Mausoleum, a monumental structure enclosing a tomb, later commemorated John the Baptist (and named by locals as Neby Yahyah – St. John).

70. Tell Ubeidiya (Ovadiah)

Ubeidiya is a major archaeological site located near the Jordan River, 3KM south west of the Sea of Galilee. Remains of Early Man were identified near the mound, and are one of the earliest settlements of Homo Erectus (an early Human specie) outside of Africa.

On Tell Ubeidiya was a walled Biblical city, perhaps Beth Shemesh (“house of sun”) of the Galilee. Some clerics regarded this area as “the garden of Eden”.

This view is from the south side, with the Jordan river on the right side.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

71. Belvoir fortress

Belvoir fortress is an impressive Crusaders fortress above the northern Jordan valley. Built in 1168 by the Hospitallers order, it withstood a year and a half siege of Saladin’s forces. Today the reconstructed fortress is a must-see National park of Kokhav HaYarden. This view is from the west side, with the Jordan valley in the background.

Another drone view from the east side:

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

72. Tel Hadid

Ruins of a multi-period Biblical city located on an isolated hill above the highway #6 cross-Israel tunnel. Due to its strategic location along major roads, the city was fortified and played an important role in history of the Judean and Hasmonean Kingdoms.

Ezra 2:1,33: “…came again unto Jerusalem and Judah, every one unto his city; … The children of Lod, Hadid, and Ono…”.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

73. Siah Brook

The Carmelites are a Catholic order of monks, one of the oldest in the Holy Land, and named after Mount Carmel. In about 1200 their first church (St. Brocardus) was built in the Siah (Siach, Siakh) brook which is located on the western slopes of mount Carmel. After the Arabs defeated the Crusaders, they were butchered and their church was destroyed. The survivors later emigrated to Europe, returned only in the 17th C to another area in Mount Carmel – Stella Maris.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

74. Yehi’am fortress

Ruins of a Crusader and Ottoman period hilltop fortress in the Upper Western Galilee near Kibbutz Yehi’am.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

75. Shavey-Zion

A community south of Nahariya, with a Byzantine Church and beautiful mosaic floors. An ancient Tel from the Iron age to the Hellenistic age is located on the north side.

Fly over the site with this Youtube video.

76. Acre (Akko) – old city

The old city of Acre (Akko) is a large walled city on the shores of the bay of Haifa. As the largest natural port in the Galilee and Israel, it has a long history of conquests and ruling empires. It was one of the main Crusaders’ fortifications and ports.

An aerial view, captured by a drone 100m above the north east corner of the old city, is seen in the picture. The old port of Acre is on the far left side. Behind, in the background, is the bay of Haifa and Mount Carmel. In the center of the view if the new Acre hostel. On both left and right margins are the city walls and moat, with the entrance bridge located above the moat on the right side.

Fly over the site and view its surroundings with this Youtube video.

77. Tel Akko

The city of Akko (Acre) original site in the Biblical times was several KM east of the old city of Acre. The site, the Tel (mound) of Akko, was one of the important port cities in the ancient world, situated on the northern gate to Israel.

Fly over the site and view its surroundings with this Youtube video.

78. Loz Cisterns

Loz Cisterns is an archaeological site in Negev Highland area. In this area, north west of Makhtesh Ramon, are 17 ancient water cisterns. They are dated to the Israelite period, perhaps constructed during the times of King Solomon or King Uzziah.

79. Ramon – Har Gamal

This small hill is located on the west side of the town of Mitzpe Ramon, near the northern rim of Makhtesh Ramon. The shape of the pointed hill gave its name – Mount Camel (Hebrew: Har Gamal).

An observation platform is located on its top, offering great views of the Makhtesh (geological crater). Remains of an Early Bronze Age village are located on its northern foothills.

Fly over the site and view its surroundings with this Youtube video.

80. Khirbet Beza

Ruins of a 1st/2nd C AD Roman village on a terraced hillside, south of Hilazon creek.

A north view from a drone shows that the ruins of the site are covered by young pine trees. Notice the traces of walls and structures between the trees.

Fly over the site and view its surroundings with this Youtube video.

81. Tel Arad

Tel Arad National park consists of the ruins of a large walled Canaanite city and fortresses dated to the Israelite Kingdom period.

The aerial view shows Tel Arad from the south side. The ruins of the Canaanite city are on the left side, while on the far right side is the Israelite period fortress.

Fly over the site and view its surroundings with this Youtube video.

82. Zefat Fortress

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

The aerial view shows the south west side of the hill. On this side are the main visible fortifications, including the south gate. The lower section of the gate and the upper section on the summit are Mamluke ruins, while the middle range are walls from the Crusaders period.

Fly over the site and view its surroundings with this Youtube video.


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* More aerial views of the Holy Land will be added soon.

Biblical references:

Kevin Woodruff wrote to us this Biblical reference which amazingly describes the quadcopter:

Ezekiel 1:16-18: “The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel. When they went, they went upon their four sides: and they turned not when they went. As for their rings, they were so high that they were dreadful; and their rings were full of eyes round about them four”.


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