Tiberias

Tiberias (Hebrew Teveriyah טבריה) is a large resort town located on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel.

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Hamath Tiberias National Park

Israel's spa craze actually has a 2000-year-old history which started at the hot springs of Hammat Tiberias when, during Roman times, they were the focus, if not raison d'être, of a community of 40,000 fervent bathers. Check out the history of the site at the Hammat Tiberias National Park, which features a small museum in what was originally part of a Turkish bathhouse. The main highlight is a synagogue dating from the 3rd to 5th centuries AD, which has a beautiful zodiac mosaic floor. Much has been made of the mosaic's curious mix of Jewish and pagan symbols, but somehow this seems quite apt in Tiberias, a town that, historically, seems to have been able to reconcile the spiritual with the more earthly. The fame of Hammat Tiberias was such that in AD 110 the Emperor Trajan had a coin struck dedicated to the springs - with the image of Hygeia, the goddess of health, shown sitting on a rock, enjoying the water. The springs were also mentioned by Al-Idris, an Arab writer who lived during the Crusades, and were recommended by the Jewish sage Rambam to his patients.

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David Hostel

Centrally located in the unique city of Tiberias with a homely atmosphere, the hostel includes 10 rooms, each one with a bathroom, shower, TV & air conditioner. There are also 2 guest kitchens, a large lounge, a balcony, Wi-Fi & laundry service. The hostel provides an authentic residential experience with exposure to the local living characteristics and a multicultural, pluralistic outlook. In addition, David, the owner, will happily offer you guidance and suggestions for great tours in the area over a steaming cup of herbal tea or a cool glass of water. The hostel is located near public transportation routes and a local supermarket. David, the hostel's owner is always there for you with a smile and a sincere desire to assist in any way he can. The neighborhood is quiet and peaceful, allowing for complete and total relaxation.



Tomb of the Rambam (Maimonides)

This revered rabbi, who died in 1204, was one of 12th-century Egypt's most highly regarded sages, while working as a doctor in the court of the Muslim ruler Saladin. Legend has it that before his death in Cairo, he instructed followers to load his remains onto a camel and bury him wherever the camel expired. The camel was apparently drawn to Tiberias. Next to the grave is the '''Maimonides Heritage Center''' museum. Also buried here is '''Rabban Yohanan Ben Zakkai''', the leading rabbi at the time of the Roman destruction of Jerusalem. Ben Zakkai is said to have faked his own death, escaping the city hidden in a coffin, and then prophesizing that the Roman general Vespasian would become the new Caesar. When the prophecy came true, Ben Zakkai was granted one wish by the new leader; a Jewish learning centre for him and students.

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Tomb of Meir Ba'al Hanes

This 2nd-century rabbi, who helped to compile the Mishnah, is buried here. The tomb is marked by two synagogues: Sephardic (on the left with the white dome) and Ashkenazic (with the blue dome). In the courtyard of the Sephardic synagogue is a pillar topped by a large bowl, and four days before the Lag B'Omer holiday a bonfire is lit here on the Pesah Sheni (second Passover) holiday. Crowds of religious Jews visit throughout the year to pray, and it is a belief that God will answer the prayers of pilgrims with personal problems.

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Tiberias Hostel

A wonderful owner, breakfast included in the price, five minute walk to the sea and boardwalk, awesome for travelers, clean. Great price for all that you get. Two computers available for use with internet and video chat capabilities: no charge for usage; TV with cable, bathrooms in each dorm of four beds.


Tomb of Rabbi Akiva

Located in the hilly upper neighborhood of Tiberias. It's about a 2km uphill walk from the city center, so you may prefer to take local bus 6 instead, which runs every 20 minutes.

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Royal Plaza Hotel

The Royal Plaza hotel is situated just outside the town of Tiberias. There is a free public beach adjacent to the hotel and the Young Tiberias Spa is within walking distance.

SLEEP   —  Ganei Menorah Blvd

Avi's Restaurant

A very well known and famous restaurant in Tiberias. The place known for it's delicious meats and it's fresh fish from the Sea of Galilee. Highly recommended

EAT   —  Ha kishon street


The Scottish House hotel

An upscale boutique hotel, right at the center and steps from the water. Best hotel in town, with restored British decor and fancy tea time tradition.

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Central Bus Station

All intercity buses begin and end their routes here (they usually make additional stops at certain points in the city too).

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Berko Archaeological Park

Contains ruins from the Roman (1st century) and Arab (11th century) periods, as well as a playground for kids.

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Roman theater

Contains ruins from the Roman (1st century) and Arab (11th century) periods, as well as a playground for kids.

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Tomb of Rachel

Not the Biblical Rachel. This Rachel is the wife of Rabbi Akiva, who is buried in a different part of town.

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The official H-I hostel

Is located in the center of town, with a price of approx. 18$ for one person a night.

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Amdur Fine Gallery

A contemporary art gallery featuring the works of several local artists.

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The Khan

This used to be Tiberias' central square, with a mosque at its centre.

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Rimonim Galei Kinnereth

Luxury hotel with spa and private beach.


Sea of Galilee fountain-statue

Showing water level and shape of the sea

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Big Fashion Danilof Mall

The only mall in Tiberias


Fish market

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The promenade

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About Tiberias

Tiberias is one of the Jewish Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron, and Safed. Tiberias became an important center for Torah study when a number of rabbis moved there in the 18th and 19th centuries. But what most characterizes Tiberias is the lake, which presents its blue expanse from great viewpoints in the hills.


Source: wikivoyage