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Hamat Tverya National Park
6.8.2014
An opulent synagogue and ancient medical baths
Hamat Tiberias National Park
Level of difficulty:       easy
Walkers  
Suitable for all walkers  
The 17 springs of the city of Hamat Tiberias have been famous since antiquity for their healing qualities. Because they brought relief for various maladies, including boils, Jewish sages permitted people to bath in them even on the Sabbath.

The site was discovered accidentally in 1920 during construction of the Tiberias-Zemach road by the Jewish pioneers' "Labor Battalion". A year later, a seven-branched candelabrum was also found.

The Hamat Tiberias synagogue as seen today was built between 286 and 337 CE, when the Sanhedrin was headquartered in Tiberias. It is called the Severus Synagogue after a name that appears in a Greek inscription in its mosaic floor.

The mosaic floor--the earliest synagogue mosaic in the country--is the highlight of the synagogue. It consists of three panels. The central one depicts a spectacular zodiac, surrounding Helios the sun god, driving his chariot across the sky. The images of four women symbolizing the seasons appear in each corner of this panel.

The Hammam Suleiman Museum is located at the entrance to the site.
How to get there:
The park is at the southern entrance to Tiberias across from the Tiberias Hot Springs.
Useful information
Length of tour:30-60 minutes
Best season:year-round
Don't miss:The zodiac; the new Hammam Suleiman Museum
Other facilities and attractions:Wheelchair access to the museum
Hours:April-September: 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
October-March: 8 A.M.-4 P.M.

Last entry one hour before above closing hour
Phone:04-672-5287
Fax / Email:
Entrance fee:Adult: NIS 15; child NIS 7
Student NIS 13
Senior citizen: 50% discount
Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 14; child NIS 6
Entrance to dogs:
Accessibility:
Main tourist sites in the vicinity:
Horns of Hittin
Tiberias
Tiberias Hot Springs
For updated information on fees and operation hours please contact our information center- *3639 from inside Israel or +972-2-5006261- from abroad or email moked@npa.org.il

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