What is the Hilazon Valley?

The valley of Hilazon stretches from the south of the Beit-Kerem valley to Sachnin and Acre ends its race in the river Na’aman.

It is a region rich in vegetation, greenery, small animals, and renowned for its river. The Hilazon River is more than 30 km long and bears this name in relation to a certain type of snail present in this river which was used to color the rows of tsitsit or Jewish prayer shawls in blue color. One of the four east-west valleys that make up the lower Galilee. In this area, you can see a couple of historic sites from prehistoric times to the empire of Mameluke, through the Old Testament and Crusader periods.

In the valley of Hilazon we can visit a cave called the witches’ cave. In 2008, archaeologists recovered remains in a cave on the north side of the valley of a woman who was buried with animals and was believed to be a witch’s grave.

Also, many ruins can be seen in this area, especially at Rosh Zayit you will find the ruins of an iron age site and the Bible concerning King Solomon.

Site name Old Testament Hellenistic New Testament Josephus Flavius Roman, Byzantine, Arabic Crusader Mamelukes, Turks

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