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Map of Upper Galilee

Tel Dan

Tel Dan

The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias or Kinneret in Hebrew, is a freshwater lake renowned for its diverse marine life, and various species of fish, including the famous St. Peter’s fish, which holds significance in Christian tradition. According to biblical accounts, Jesus Christ walked on the waters of the Sea of Galilee, demonstrating his miraculous powers to his disciples. Situated approximately 215 meters below sea level, the Sea of Galilee serves as a vital water source for the surrounding region. It acts as a natural reservoir, receiving water from the Jordan River and feeding into the Dead Sea, making it a crucial component of the area’s hydrology and ecosystem.

The High Place: This is an ancient religious area, possibly a shrine, dating back to the time of the Kingdom of Israel (around 9th century BCE). It’s believed to be part of a larger complex built by King Jeroboam I.

The Canaanite Gate: This impressive structure, built around 1800 BCE, is one of the earliest known arched gateways in the world. Made of mudbricks, it stands at a remarkable 7 meters tall.

The Israelite Gate: This gate marks the entrance to the ancient city of Dan during the Israelite period. The remains of the gate and surrounding fortification walls offer a glimpse into the city’s defenses.

The House of David Tablet: This fragmentary inscription, discovered in 1993, is a major archaeological find. It mentions a “House of David,” considered to be strong evidence outside the Bible for the existence of King David’s dynasty. While you can’t see the tablet itself at Tel Dan National Park, it’s currently on display at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem.

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