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  • The south Church, Shivta (Sobota) is an archeological site in the Negev Desert of Israel, 49 Km southwest of beer sheva, east to Nizzana (Nitsana). Long considered a classic Nabatean town and terminal on the ancient spice route, archeologists are now considering the possibility that the town was actually a Byzantine agricultural colony and a way station for pilgrims en route to the Santa Catarina, Egypt, located on the supposed site of Mount Sinai. The new assessment of Shivta is based on an analysis of the irrigation system found at the site, which bears parallels to Byzantine structures elsewhere. Until now, the preponderance of Byzantine ruins were believed to be the remains of a monastic community that established itself on the ruins of an earlier Nabatean town. Shivta was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO on June 2005.
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  • Tel Afek, Israel. The Binar Bashi fortress was built in 1571 on top of an ancient tell (mound composed of the remains of successive settlements). The fortress offers a fine view of the Rosh Ha'ayin (or Yarkon) springs, which flow at the foot of Tel Afek.
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  • Prehistoric  Rock art in the desert depicting a Nabataen trading caravan of horses and camels, approching an oasis, The valley of rock art exhibits 6000 year old rock art located in the ancient copper mines of the Arabah and along the desert roads leading to these mines. These rock drawings are unique witnesses of the creativity of man in the desert, Timna natural and historic park, Israel, The Timna Valley is located in the southwestern Arava, some 30 km. north of the Gulf of Eilat. The traces of ancient civilizations are, too, very interesting to look at in Timna. Copper mining was known there at least from the 18th century B.C. Later Egyptians, who conquered the area, made Timna a very important source of copper. There are many ancient copper mines in the valley, some look like holes in the ground, others are caves hewn in stone; in some places, there are remains of copper-smelting ovens. There is a place where you can see Egyptian rock drawings. At the foot of Solomon's pillars t
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  • Tel Afek, Israel. The Binar Bashi fortress was built in 1571 on top of an ancient tell (mound composed of the remains of successive settlements). The fortress offers a fine view of the Rosh Ha'ayin (or Yarkon) springs, which flow at the foot of Tel Afek.
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  • General view Shivta (Sobota) is an archeological site in the Negev Desert of Israel, 49 Km southwest of beer sheva, east to Nizzana (Nitsana). Long considered a classic Nabatean town and terminal on the ancient spice route, archeologists are now considering the possibility that the town was actually a Byzantine agricultural colony and a way station for pilgrims en route to the Santa Catarina, Egypt, located on the supposed site of Mount Sinai. The new assessment of Shivta is based on an analysis of the irrigation system found at the site, which bears parallels to Byzantine structures elsewhere. Until now, the preponderance of Byzantine ruins were believed to be the remains of a monastic community that established itself on the ruins of an earlier Nabatean town. Shivta was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO on June 2005.
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  • An arched door way, at Ovdat, Israel The ruins at Avdat or Ovdat, the remains of a Nabateans road station for their caravans, is located on a mountain in the center of the Negev Desert on the road from Petra and Eilat.
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  • An arched door way, at Ovdat, Israel The ruins at Avdat or Ovdat, the remains of a Nabateans road station for their caravans, is located on a mountain in the center of the Negev Desert on the road from Petra and Eilat.
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  • olive oil press at Kursi, Israel Kursi is the Arabic name for the ruin on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, Israel. During the mishnaic and talmudic periods this was a Jewish fishing village. Excavations revealed the remnants of the largest Byzantine-period monastery in Israel (123 by 145 meters). The monastery and the church inside it were built in the middle of the fifth century C.E. In the church, archeologists found a mosaic floor with pictures of animals (chickens, geese, doves, cormorants, and fish), and plants such as citrons, dates, pomegranates, and grapes. According to the New Testament, Jesus healed a man possessed by demons in Kursi. Mark relates that when Jesus disembarked from his boat, a "man with an evil spirit came from the tombs to meet him." A herd of swine was grazing in the area and Jesus cast the demonic spirits from the man to the swine. The swine then ran into the Sea of Galilee and drowned (Mark 5: 1-20)
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  • Roman temple at the ruins of Bet She'an Israel. Bet shean is located in the northn regions of Israel, Bet She'an was the site of an Egyptian administrative center during the XVIII and XIX dynasties. In Hellenistic times it was a Scythian city from circa 625 to 300 B.C., and the biblical city Beth-shean. In 64 BC it was taken by the Romans, rebuilt, and made the center of the Decapolis, the "Ten Cities" of Samaria that were centers of Greco-Roman culture. The city contains the best preserved Roman theater of ancient Samaria.<br />
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During the 6th century Byzantine period, Bet She'an housed a Christian monastery named the Monastery of Lady Mary which has a Zodiac mosaic that is still preserved today.
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  • Metzada is the site of ancient palaces and fortifications in Israel on top of an isolated rock cliff on the eastern edge of the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea. where Jewish zealot insurgents held out for three years against the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem in 70C.E. and then committed mass suicide to avoid capture. Metzada has remained a symbol of Jewish heroism.
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  • Roman ruins at Hamat Gader, Israel Hamat Gader is located in the Yarmuk Valley on the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee, about 20 kilometers from Tiberias. and has 4 springs one of sweet water and four of mineral water. other attractions are an archaeological site with reconstructed Roman baths, which are regarded as the most impressive in the world; an amphitheatre and a 5th century synagogue. There is also a crocodile farm
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  • Monfort A Crusader castle in Western Galilee, Israel The ruins of the once splendid Montfort Crusader castle, are located on a precipitous rock crest, overlooking the Keziv river. The castle was constructed by Templar Crusader knights in the early 12th century. Short after completion the building was destroyed by Salah al Din after the defeat of the Crusaders at the Horns of Hittim on 3-4 July 1187.<br />
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Five years later, the castle was re-conquered by the Crusaders, who restored it. In 1220, Montfort was sold to the Crusader Knights of the German Teutonic Order and gave it the name "Starkenberg" which means strong mountain
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  • Statue of Nike, Roman victory goddess, Ashkelon National park, Israel<br />
Ashkelon is built upon the ruins of past civilizations. This was one of five Philistine city-states. The city also plays a role in biblical history as the place where Delilah cut Samson's hair to sap his strength. Ashkelon was also a great trading center because it lay along the Via Maris, the route linking Egypt with Syria and Mesopotamia. The city became a Christian city in the Byzantine period and was captured by the Muslims in 638 C.E. The Crusaders came next in 1153, but were defeated by Saladin. Richard the Lion Heart led the Crusaders back, but they were eventually driven out in 1280 by Sultan Baybars. The city was then abandoned until 1948 when the Jews of the new State of Israel began to rebuild it.
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  • Ancient byzantine pillar heads, Apollonia, Israel
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  • Herzelia city park, with ancient grindstones on display Herzelia city park, with ancient grindstones on display. Hertzelia, A small town north of Tel Aviv, has a big hi tec industrial park, a resort area with hotels yacht club and a marina and crusade ruins of Apolonia. December 2005
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  • A roman mile stone on the ancient roman road from Jerusalem to Hebron, situated in the Judean Hills between Jerusalem and Hebron, about 20 kms south of Jerusalem. On the route followed by our patriarchs Abraham, Issac and Jacob as mentioned in the book of Genesis. King David lived and fought in this area and Elazar the Maccabee fell in battle in the valley
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  • The remains of the old fort of Apolonia, Herzelia, Israel, Arsuf, Herzelia, Israel<br />
Apollonia is an archaeological park containing the ruins of the Crusade city, fort and port on the Mediterranean Sea, In 1101 it fell to the Crusaders who named the place Lordship of Arsur in the Kingdom of Jerusalem
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  • Israel, Masada, Mosaic floor in a ritual bath (Mikva)  Metzada is the site of ancient palaces and fortifications in Israel on top of an isolated rock cliff on the eastern edge of the Judean desert overlooking the Dead Sea. where Jewish zealot insurgents held out for three years against the Romans after the fall of Jerusalem in 70C.E. and then committed mass suicide to avoid capture. Metzada has remained a symbol of Jewish heroism.
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  • Israel, Bet Shean ancient columns found on the site, colour manipulated, During the Hellenistic period Bet Shean had a Greek population and was called Scythopolis. In 64 BCE it was taken by the Romans, rebuilt, and made the capital of the Decapolis, the "Ten Cities" of Samaria that were centers of Greco-Roman culture. The city contains the best preserved Roman theater of ancient Samaria as well as a hippodrome, cardo, and other trademarks of the Roman influence. Excavations at the cite are ongoing at the site and reveal no less than 18 successive ancient towns
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  • Israel, Bet Shean Palladius street from the Byzantine period, fourth to sixth century AD was built on Roman foundations. During the Hellenistic period Bet Shean had a Greek population and was called Scythopolis. In 64 BCE it was taken by the Romans, rebuilt, and made the capital of the Decapolis, the "Ten Cities" of Samaria that were centers of Greco-Roman culture. The city contains the best preserved Roman theater of ancient Samaria as well as a hippodrome, cardo, and other trademarks of the Roman influence. Excavations at the cite are ongoing at the site and reveal no less than 18 successive ancient towns
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  • Israel, Bet Shean Roman theatre the scaenae frons an elaborate backdrop wall behind the stage, dating from the first century CE. During the Hellenistic period Bet Shean had a Greek population and was called Scythopolis. In 64 BCE it was taken by the Romans, rebuilt, and made the capital of the Decapolis, the "Ten Cities" of Samaria that were centers of Greco-Roman culture. The city contains the best preserved Roman theater of ancient Samaria as well as a hippodrome, cardo, and other trademarks of the Roman influence. Excavations at the cite are ongoing at the site and reveal no less than 18 successive ancient towns
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  • Corinthian Ionic capitals, Roman Period, Israel
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  • Israel, Achziv, Ancient clay pots on display
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  • Ancient byzantine pillar heads, Apollonia, Israel
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  • Israel, Northern Negev, Zaak ruins 4 Km north of Kibbutz Lahav and near Shomrya which can be seen in the background
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