This website shows a sample of aerial photos of the Holy Land, with links to the reviewed sites in Biblewalks.com - our parent web site.

 

 1. Carmel Caves:

 

   These famous caves were were dwelling sites during prehistoric times, and are listed as UNESCO World heritage sites.

   The aerial view shows the site from the west. The visitors center occupies the white round structures, with a parking lot on its south side. Behind it, in the center, is Nahal Ma'arot (the caves creek). On the right (south) side is the cliff where the four prehistoric caves are located.

 

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2. Yodfat:

 

  The photo shows an aerial view of the site from the west, as captured by a quadcopter. On the top of the hill a set of caves can be seen, and just beneath it the walls of the fortress. In the center right the Romans built the ramp in order to crush the walls.

 

 

3. Arbel synagogue

 

 

  On the south-west side of the Arbel cliffs, inside the modern agriculture Moshav Arbel, are ruins of a Roman/Byzantine period village scattered along the hillside. A grand Byzantine period synagogue was excavated there in 1905 by the archaeologists H. Kohl and C. Watzinger. New excavations (2012) were conducted in the area of the synagogue.

 

   This aerial view is of March 2014, with a scaffolding on the monumental door, and new trenches on the south side.

 

 

 

4. Khirbet Bata, Karmiel:

 

  An aerial view, as captured by a quadcopter in May 2014 from the south side, is seen in the following photo. A road traverses the hill from its west side, passing near a large cave. An Israeli flag is located on the top, as in all ancient sites of Karmiel.

 

 

5. Wadi Hamam, Arbel

 

  A Roman period synagogue was excavated recently in Khirbet Veradim, on the south side of the village of Wadi el-Hamam.

 

 

6. West Khali:

 

  This mound, identified as the Biblical city of Khali (Joshua 19:25),  is located in the entrance to the Zippori valley. It is a round hill (133M height, 700 sq M). On the top of the hill is a flat terrace (size), which was the center of the fortified small city.

 

 

7.   Khirbet  Govit

 

   The site was one of the agriculture villages that were under the protection of the fortified city  of  Khali. It is located in the valley south west of Tel West Khali, and was a small farming village. The pottery in this site is from the late Israelite and Persian period.

 

      For a video clip, which was captured by the quad-copter above Kh. Govit, view it on Youtube.

 

 

8. Tel Zavat:

 

  The next picture is an aerial view of Tel Zavat, as seen from the west side (captured Feb 2014).  On top of the ancient site are several modern residential houses. In the left and right backgrounds are sections of the new Kerioth-Bypass highway.

   This was one of the many sites along the ancient coastal highway. According to archaeological survey, the majority of the findings are from the Israelite period through the Byzantine period.

 

 

9. Afek in the Sharon (Antipatris)

 

   The Ottomans built a large fortified Khan in the 16th C, which served as a hostel for the caravans that passed through the Holy Land.  An aerial view, as captured from a quadcopter from the west side, is seen here.

 

 

   Excavations in the Egyptian Governor's residence, seen below in an aerial view from the north side, are from the Late Bronze Age (1,550-1,200 BC).

 

 

 An Odeon mini-theater was excavated and reconstructed on the side of the Roman Cardo:

 

 

10. Tel Avdon

 

  The photo below shows a southwest view of Tel Avdon. The hill rises 70M above the Kziv creek with a very steep slope.  This was the location of Biblical Levite city of Avdon or Abdon  (Joshua 21: 3, 30): "And the children of Israel gave unto the Levites out of their inheritance, at the commandment of the LORD, these cities and their suburbs.... And out of the tribe of Asher, Mishal with her suburbs, Abdon with her suburbs".

 

 

11. Khirbet Suggar

 

  A quadcopter view above the road on the south side of Khirbet Suggar, located south of Kziv stream. Traces of the ruins of the Roman/Byzantine village cover the hill. A rectangular walled area, which was an ancient sheepfold, is seen in the center.   The Kziv stream flows just after the hill. Across it, on top of a steep hill, are the ruins of the Biblical city Avdon.   In the far left background is the Mediterranean Sea, and the mountain of the "ladder of Tyre" (Sulam-Tzor) is seen in the far left background.

 

 

12. Tel Hannathon

 

  Hannathon was an important Biblical city in the heart of the lower Galilee, on the junction of ancient crossroads.    

   An aerial view, as captured by a quad copter, was viewed from the west side. The top of the hill is at 196m above sea level, about 50m above the valley around it.  To the east of the site is a reservoir lake of the national water channel. Behind it, in the far background, is Sepphoris.  Further east is Nazareth.

 

 

13. Shimshit

 

  Khirbet Shimshit is a Roman/Byzantine village 3KM south-west to Sepphoris, on a hill overlooking the Zippori creek. A Roman road passed at its western foothills, the main road from Sepphoris to the south.

 

 

14. Usha

 

   The quad copter view shows the eastern side of Usha, looking towards the north-west.  Scattered ruins are all what remained from the Arab village, which was built over the Roman-period site.

 

 

 A group of 3 Roman-period winepresses are located on the located on the east side of the village. 

 

 

 

15. Kh. Sharta

 

   An aerial view of the eastern hill is shown from the north side.  Only the north half of the mound remained intact, as modern construction cut away sections of the site.

 

 

16. Ashdod Maritime fortress

 

  The site of Ashdod Maritime (Hebrew: Ashdod Yam) is located on the coast, and served as the city's harbour since the Iron Age (8th Century BC).  The harbour continued to function through the Hellenistic and Roman-Byzantine period (renamed Azotus), up to the Crusader period.

  A 7th Century citadel was constructed on the north side, used by the Muslim rulers and the Crusaders to protect the harbour.

 

 

 To the south of the Citadel is the Roman and Israelite mound, yet covered by the sand dunes.

 

 

17. Ebenezer

 

 

  An Iron age agriculture settlement was excavated in Izbet Zartta, a small hill on the western hills of Samaria close to the ancient city of Aphek (Antipatris). It is identified as Ebenezer ("Stone of Help"), the place where the Israelites camped during their fatal battle with the Philistines (1 Samuel 4 1): "Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek".

 

 

 

 

18. Yehudiye

 

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

 

 

19. Capernaum

 

   This village is on the northern side of Sea of Galilee, and was the center of the activities of Jesus and his town during that time. A grand 4th C  Ad Synagogue was excavated, which stood over the Synagogue from the time of Jesus.

 

 

   The nearby Greek Orthodox Church is a charming place in the site of the ancient village of Capernaum.

 

 

20. Korazim

 

   Ruins of  a Roman/Byzantine  town, located above the north side of sea of Galilee, and is referred in the new testament as one of the cities condemned by Jesus.

 

 

21. Kursi

 

   Ruins of  a 5th C AD church and monastery at the traditional location of Jesus miracle at Gadarenes/Gergesa - healing the madman, driving out his devils into a herd of pigs who then drown in the lake.

 

 

22. Tel Afek (in Galilee)

 

 Tel Afek (in the Galilee) is a Biblical city on the ancient Via Maris road, south of Acre.  On the north side are ruins from the Hellenistic/Roman periods, a two-story fortified building, and a flour mill dated to the Crusader and Ottoman periods.

 

 

  In the north-east side of Tel Afek is the Ein Afek nature park. The 30 springs of Afek are the sources of the Na'aman river.

 

 

23. Shikmona

 

   Ruins of the ancient port city of Haifa, located on the west shore side of Mount Carmel. This aerial view is above the south side of the mound.

 

 

    On the south side of the mound is an excavated area with storehouses and installations. In the upper side of this view are the ruins of a Byzantine period monastery.

 

 

24. Tel Dor

 

  The ancient Phoenician port city is located on a mound on the Carmel coast, and was one of the greatest cities along the northern shore.

 

 

25. Khirbet Oren

 

   The site is in the center of mount Carmel, on top of a round hill, overlooking the Oren valley. It  was the site of a city in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.

 

 

26. Caesarea

 

This view shows the ruined Crusaders fortress, north of the Roman city.

 

 

The next view shows the north side of the ruins of the Roman city, adjacent to the Crusaders fortress.

 

 

 

 

 

  A grand entertainment place was built during the Roman period by Herod - a large Hippodrome in the shape of a long  "U" (50 X 250M), with 10,000 seats  in 12 rows.  In this amphitheater the Romans conducted horse races (Hippo in Greek), special events, and games.

 

 

 

 

 A large Roman theater, also built by Herod the Great, is located at the southern side of the city.

 

 

    A flight over the site  can be seen in the following Youtube video.

 

27. Caesarea Aqueduct

 

  One of the famous sites in Caesarea is the aqueduct, which brought water to the city.

 

 

28. Stella Maris and Elijah's cave

 

  This photo shows the edge of Mt Carmel from the North West side.  

 

 

29. Kh. Dubbah

 

    Khirbet Dubbah is a ruined Roman village  located on the eastern side of Mt Carmel.  In this photo the center of the site is on the left side.

 

 

30. Mukhraka

 

  On the adjacent hill is the Mukhraka, where a small Carmelite order church named after Elijah marks the traditional site of his victory over the Baal prophets.

 

 

31. Tel Abel Beth Maacah

 

    Abel Beth Maacah is an important  Canaanite and Israelite city  in the northern part of Israel, situated on a large mound. This was the city where Sheba son of Bichri has hidden during his mutiny against king David. Abel was destroyed twice - by the Syrians in the 9th Century and by the Assyrians in the 8th Century BC.  New excavations started in 2013 have started to unravel its secrets. An aerial view from the northwest side of Tel Abel Beth  Maacah:

 

 

  Another view from the north east:

 

 

     You can also watch the above views as part of YouTube videos: West and East.

 

32. Tell Ya'anin (Biblical Neiel)

 

  Tell Ya'anin is identified as Biblical Neiel (Joshua 19: 24-27): "And the fifth lot came out for the tribe of the children of Asher ... And their border was ... and Neiel, and goeth out to Cabul on the left hand". This aerial view shows the ancient mound from its south side. Traces of the ancient structures are seen close on the summit and on the upper level of the foothills. Behind the hill is the valley of the Hilazon stream. 

 

 

   "Fly" over the mound with this Youtube video.

 

33. Tel Gamma (Tell Jemmeh)

 

 In Tel Gamma, located on the bend of the Besor brook,  are ruins of an ancient Canaanite. This city is identified as Yurza, a city referred in the conquest of pharaoh Thutmose III (reigned 1479-1425 BC). The city was an important trading post on the caravan route from the Mediterranean to Arabia, and one of the Philistine cities during the Iron Age.

 

 

     A flight over the site  can be seen in the following Youtube video.

 

34. Kedesh - Biblical mound

 

   Tell Kedesh in the Upper Galilee is composed of an an ancient mound (with North and South hills) and a lower east hill,  with a spring in the center.  A large Persian/Hellenistic Administration Building ("PHAB") was excavated on the south most side of the mound.

 

 

    A flight over the site  can be seen in the following Youtube video.

 

35. Kedesh - Roman city

 

  The ruins of this period are  located on the eastern Tell Kedesh, a low hill on the north-east side of the ancient Biblical city.  Ruins of a Roman temple, dated to the 2nd and 3rd C AD, are located on the southern side of the eastern mound.  This aerial view shows the plan of the temple from the east side.

 

 

 

36. Khirbet Mehoz

 

   Remains of a Byzantine village on the north side of the upper section of Beit Haemek brook.  A recommended site for a short hike in the spring time.

 

 

    A flight over the site  can be seen in the following Youtube video.

 

37. Khirbet Tefen

 

   Ruins of a mountain fortress dated to the Hellenistic period, which was probably built to protect the border between the west (Acre/Ptolemais) and center of the Galilee (Sepphoris).

 

 

     A flight over the site  can be seen in the following Youtube video.

 

38. Tel Tanninim

 

  Tel Tanninim ("Crocodiles mound") is the ruins of  the city of Crocodilopolis, situated at the mouth of Tanninim stream. Nearby is a fishermen's pier, village and beach.

 

 

     The next aerial photo, with a view towards the east, shows the stream and Jiser e-Zarka in the background.  

 

 

    You can "fly" over the site with the following Youtube videos of Tel Tanninim and the Tanninim stream.

 

39. Tel Megiddo

 

  This famous site is situated on the gateway on the road linking North and South of Israel, about 30 Km south-east of Haifa.  The archeologists uncovered 26 layers of ancient cities, starting before the bronze age (4000 BC) until the Greeks (4th C BC).

   1 Kings  9-15: "And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer."

 

 

 

40. Kishon River

 

  This photo is an eastern view of the city of Haifa, its port and the bay of Haifa. The Kishon river, which flows here into the bay of Haifa,  is one of the largest in Israel. Its drainage basin includes an area over 1000 square KM, where one third of this area is in the Jezreel valley.    Prophetess Deborah sang the famous song after the victory over Sisra: (Judges 5 21): "The river of Kishon swept them away, that ancient river, the river Kishon".

 

 

41. Yiftach-El

 

  The site was one of Zebulun tribe cities. An aerial view of the site was captured from the north side by a quad copter drone. Yiftach-El brook is on the right side, flowing to the south into the Zippori brook towards the far background.

  The ancient city is actually covered by this large green field. During the Bronze Age its structures were spread out to the east of the brook. A small section of its "upper city", which is the only visible ruins today, is located in the group of trees behind the modern water pump.

 

 

You can also watch a video of a flight above the area.

 

42. Kh. Seraf and Betzet Creek

 

   In Kh. Seraf (Semah),  located in the Western Upper Galilee, are remains of an ancient multi-level Tel. Another Roman/Byzantine village, Ramah,  was established on its east side. This aerial view shows Betzet creek, while the ancient sites are on the hills above its south (right) bank.

 

 

You can also watch a video of a flight above the area.

 

43. White Mosque, Ramla

 

   The ruins of the White Mosque (Arabic: Jamia el Arbain Meghazi), also known as the mosque of the 40 Champions, are located in Dani Maas street, Ramla.  It was built in several phases, during the Umayyad, Ayyubid and Mameluke periods.  The drone view shows the Minaret tower and ruins from the north side.

 

 

You can also "fly" over the site with this drone video.

 

44. Beit Shearim

 

    This is a south-west view of  the ancient city. Beit Shearim (Besara) is located on the summit.   On the left (north) corner in the background is the location of the national park of Beit Shearim, with its famous catacombs. On the right is a new section of the catacombs.

 

 

You can "fly" over the site with this drone video.

 

  A west view from the summit shows the ruins of a large Basilica-type public house dated to the Roman period. Mt Carmel is seen in the background.

 

 

  On the east side is the tomb of Sheikh Ibrik, overlooking the Jezreel valley.

 

 

 

45. Lod

 

   Lod (Lydda) is a historic city, starting from a Canaanite city situated along two major roads in the heart of the Country. The birth and burial place of the famous St. George, an early Christian Martyr who inspired the Crusaders and Christian World.

   This drone view shows the center of Lod from the north side. The Church of St. George is located to the left side of the minaret of its adjacent mosque.

 

 

  An impressive 19th Century Khan (inn, caravansary) located near St. George.

 

 

 

46. Tel Gezer

 

   A major fortified Canaanite and Israelite fortified city, one of the famous Biblical cities. This view is over the ruins of the Israelite period city, with the city gate  ("Solomon's gate") with its 6 chambers on the right side.

  1 Kings  9-15: "King Solomon raised... the wall of  Gezer." 

 

 

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

 

47.  Our Lady of Fright, Nazareth

 

  Ruins of a Franciscan chapel on a south hill near Mt Precipice. It was named after the traditional site where Mary, mother of Jesus, stood when her son was about to be thrown from the hill.  The chapel overlooks Mt Precipice (left background) and the south side of Nazareth (right background).

 

 

48. Migdal Afek (Tsedek)

 

    The fortress of Migdal Afek controlled the narrow pass of Via Maris ("Way of the Sea"), located near its location. Remains of settlements spanning from the Roman to the Ottoman periods are located in the National Park.

 

 

   A flight over the castle can be seen with this Youtube video.

 

49. Tel Regev

 

   Tel Regev was a biblical fortified city that was one of the passing points across the Kishon river. Its history spanned from the Early bronze age to the Byzantine period. It belonged to the Asher tribe, but its identification is not certain.

 

 

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

 

50. Sochoh

 

   Remains of a Biblical city, dated to the times of David and successor kings of Judah. It was an important fortified gateway city, protecting the western flank of the Kingdom.

   2 Chronicles 11 5-12: "And Rehoboam ... built cities for defense in Judah. He built ...  Shoco...".

 

 

"Fly" over the site with this drone video.

 

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.

 

 

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74. Yehi'am fortress

 

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

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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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.

 

 

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More aerial photos will be added.