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Mount Arbel, Migdal

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Mount Arbel is a mountain in The Lower Galilee near Tiberias in Israel, with high cliffs, views of Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights, trails to a cave-fortress, and ruins of an ancient synagogue. Mt. Arbel sits across from Mount Nitai; their cliffs were created as a result of the Jordan Rift Valley and the geological faults that produced the valleys.
There are four villages on the mountain: Kfar Zeitim, Arbel, Kfar Hittim, and Mitzpa. The peak, at 181 metres above sea level, dominates the surroundings and from the lookout atop the mountain, almost all of the Galilee into the Golan Heights including Safed, Tiberias and most of the Sea of Galilee, is visible.
Nearby are the ruins of an ancient Jewish settlement with a synagogue from the fourth century CE with pews and columns.
Dug into the mountain itself are a number of cave dwellings, expanded from natural caves. There are documented Jewish cliff dwellings dating back to the Second Temple period in the area. The extant fortification walls protecting some of these caves are from the 17th century and were built by Ali Bek, son of the Druze emir Fakhr ad-Din al-Ma'ani. Josephus writes about how Herod the Great, with the help of Roman soldiers, defeated some of the last rebels who supported the Hasmonean king Antigonus and had taken refuge in the cliffs of Mt Arbel.
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  • Hold on to your hat. The wind is very strong. When Jesus walked on the water, that event must have taken place not far from her. You can see the North shore of the sea of Galilee. The winds come throu...  more »
  • Mount Arabel is one of the higher mountains in Israel. There is a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee, Mount Herman, Doves Valley and the Golan Heights. It has many caves where a lot of bloodshed occ...  more »
  • A breath taking view of the valley, and the sea of Galilee, i recommend visiting from January till may, as it gets uncomfortably hot rest of the year. Tips: Bring a 2 litre water bottle per person. Wear a comfortable hiking shoes. Wear cheap clothes, as you would most likely ruin them with mud. There a bit of climbing at the top, so if you're scared of heights, i wouldn't recommend climbing the whole thing. It's okay for all ages, even a baby, if you have a back strap holder thing for babies.
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