Tomb of Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai


Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai, Judaism's most eminent 1st-century sage, played a central role in replacing animal sacrifices – the raison d'être of the Temple in Jerusalem, destroyed in 70 CE – with prayer. His grave site is a just few metres down the hill from the grave of Cordova-born sage the Rambam.

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1. Tomb of the Rambam

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Rabbi Moshe Ben Maimon (1135–1204) – better known by his acronym, the Rambam – was a Cordova-born polymath famous for his rationalist approach to religion…

2. Al Amari Mosque

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With its black basalt walls, white dome and striped minaret, this mosque looks a bit lost in the courtyard of a modern commercial centre. Built by Daher…

3. Tiberias Open Air Museum

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A sloping pedestrian park featuring sculptures by contemporary Israeli artists; most are made of mosaic tiles or carved from stone. Situated along a…

4. Music Beach

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This tiny strip of sand and sea, just north of the Yigal Allon Promenade, is the only place in the town centre where you can swim.

5. St Peter’s Church

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This rare Crusader church – administered by Koinonia Giovanni Battista, a Catholic community based in Italy – has a peaceful, grapevine-shaded courtyard…

6. Al Bahr Mosque

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Built of basalt in the 18th century, the Sea Mosque once had a special entrance for the faithful who arrived by boat.

7. Galilee Experience

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On the upper floor of a 1970s eyesore, the Galilee Experience screens a Christian-oriented film (21 minutes in English and Chinese, 36 minutes in 10 other…

8. Water Level Surveyor

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This 5m-high sculpture, shaped like an outline of the shoreline of the Sea of Galilee, indicates the current water level of the lake in metres-below-sea…