Attraction Category: National Parks
Zippori National Park The capital of Galilee and the town nearest Nazareth during the time of Jesus, today Sepphoris is a national park. On the site are beautiful mosaic floors from the Byzantine period, remains of an ancient synagogue, a Roman theater, and large mansions from the Roman period.
From the acropolis of the ancient town is a beautiful view of the Beit Netofa Valley. Sepphoris was the largest and most important town in the Galilee during the Roman and Byzantine periods.
Here resided many of the most significant Talmudic sages, led by Rabbi Yeudah Nasi, who lived here for seventeen years and compiled the Mishnah, eventually even moving the Sanhedrin to Sepphoris.
The size of the town can be estimated from the description of Rabbi Yehudah’s funeral, in which eighteen synagogues are mentioned. In the 1980s, large-scale archaeological excavations were initiated in Sepphoris.
They uncovered much ofthe city, including streets, houses, public buildings, a complex water system, mikvaot, and more.
Apr–Sep 08:00-17:00;Oct–Mar 08:00-16:00
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Facilities for Handicapped
Entrance Fee Adult: NIS 27; child: NIS 14