Tiberias: Galilee

Galilee’s little capital is one of four holy Jewish cities. It’s quite a treasure and small enough to get a good grasp on different periods of Israel’s history. Needless to say the Romans were here, as were Jewish Sanhedrin, Arab conquerors, Crusaders, Ottomans and present day Israelis.

Even back in the day, the Romans enjoyed the benefits of a spa and the town was used by the Crusaders of Templar fame as a hospital. I think one of the greatest pleasures in Israel as a whole and in places like Tiberias in particular is if you wander the streets and take note of the buildings and their names you can recognise quite significant parts of our own history. Yes that St Johns is our St Johns, still in the business of first aid. The fishermen are still looking for catches just as their forebears have been doing for thousands of years – the stories and images of a childhood come alive on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

>One delightful thing you can do is go for a boat trip on the lake itself. I am sure for an extra shekel of two you can ensure the boatman is called the right name and you can entertain him with “Michael row the boat ashore”. In Hebrew though he is more likely to be called ‘Michal’. Whatever, I am sure a trip on the lake will be memorable.

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