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Arbel Cliff, Tiberias

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Geologic Formation · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • Stunning views of the north side of the Sea of Galilee, where a significant portion of Jesus' ministry occurred. Highly recommend.  more »
  • One can climb the Arbel cliff or take a car. You get a view of the the Galilean hills and the Sea of Galilee. We went early morning for a sunrise service which was awesome.  more »
  • Great place to hike. I advice to hike in the early morning (05:30) because otherwise it will be blazing hot
  • One of the most beautiful views overlooking the Sea of Galilee. A must if you are up in the region
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