Tiberias, Israel and Sea of Galilee

Tiberias photos


A little info about Tiberias, Israel and Sea of Galilee

In the 2nd-10th centuries, Tiberias was the largest Jewish city in the Galilee Sea (Lake Kinerret in Hebrew) and the political and religious hub of the Jews of Palestine, built by Herod Antipas (one of Herod the Great’s three sons who divided up Palestine after their father’s death), the city was named Tiberias in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius. Tiberias has been venerated in Judaism since the middle of the 2nd century CE and since the 16th century has been considered one of Judaism’s Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed. According to Christian tradition, Jesus performed several miracles in the Tiberias district, making it an important pilgrimage site for devout Christians. Tiberias has historically been known for its hot springs, believed to cure skin and other ailments, for thousands of years.

Tiberias is located between the shore and the slopes of Sea of Galilee, between the elevation of -200 to 200 meters. Tiberias has a climate that borders a Hot-summer Mediterranean climate (koppen Csa) and a Hot Semi-arid climate (koppen BSh).

The lake often appears on maps and in the New Testament as Sea of Galilee or Sea of Tiberias (John 6:1). Sea of Tiberias is also the name by which the lake is mentioned in Roman texts and in the Jerusalem Talmud, which was written in a dialect of Judeo-Aramaic, and this is the name adopted in Arabic: Buhairet Tabariyya (بحيرة طبريا). The Babylonian Talmud, as well as Josephus Flavius mention the lake by the name “Sea of Ginnosar” after a small fertile plain that lies on its western side. This name, in the form Lake of Gennesaret (Luke 5:1) or Sea of Gennesaret appears in Christian religious texts. The name common in Hebrew today is borrowed from the Hebrew Bible, where the lake is called the “Sea of Chinnereth” (or spelled as “Kinnereth”) (Numbers 34:11; Joshua 13:27). This name was also found in the scripts of Ugarit, in the Aqhat Epic. A variant of this name is Sea of Chinneroth. The name may originate from the Hebrew word kinnor (“harp” or “lyre”)), in view of the shape of the lake, perhaps from a name of a fruit called in Biblical Hebrew kinar, and is thought to be the fruit of Ziziphus spina-christi.

It was a good surprise when I got there. Beautyfull place with gardens, boat, places to walk & etc. Near there has natural places for hiking and others stuffs.
There is a very good restaurants and you can go on foot.
The breakfast in hotel was the most lavish I have ever had in Israel, a country known for its lavish breakfasts. It is a good value for the money,which is significantly less than better known spas in the area. Also a free Wi-Fi.

This pictures have been taken on 26-27 of September, 2011.
This photo gallery is as Israel Travel Photo Guide.