Korazim National Park

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A Jewish town in a basalt landscape overlooking the Sea of Galilee

History and archaeology

The town of Korazim is first mentioned in sources from the Second Temple period, noting the fine wheat the inhabitants raised there. It flourished at the end of the talmudic period. In the New Testament, Korazim is mentioned as one of three towns – together with Bethsaida and Capernaum – which Jesus cursed because they did not heed his teachings (Matt. 11:20).
The beautiful synagogue at Korazim, built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century CE, is made of basalt, the region's most common stone, carved in geometric, floral and faunal patterns. Many present-day visitors use the synagogue for Bar Mitzvah ceremonies and weddings.
Also found was a carved basalt seat, for the community's most respected members, known in the ancient sources as the Moses Seat, bearing an Aramaic inscription. The ancient ritual bath has been reconstructed near the synagogue, along with two large dwellings and an olive press.
There is also a Bedouin sheikh's tomb at Korazim.

Flora and fauna

Climbing the impressive Christ-thorn jujube trees or sunning themselves on the rocks visitors can sometimes spy conies.

How to get there:
The park is located on road 8277 between the Korazim junction and Almagor, 10 minutes east of Ami‘ad junction.

Length of tour: 1 hour

Best season: year-round

Don't miss: The basalt carvings

Other attractions: Picnic tables, view of the Sea of Galilee, huge Christ-thorn jujube trees, an ancient Mount Tabor oak

Opening hours

Last entry to site one hour before above closing time

 SUMMER:
Sunday-Tursday And saturday- 8 A.M.-5 P.M.
Fridays and holidays eves- 8 A.M.- 4 P.M.

WINTER:
Sunday-Tursday And saturday- 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Fridays and holiday eves-8 A.M.-3 P.M.

On the eves of Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Pesach: 8:00 - 13:00

Contact us  

Phone: 04-693-4982

  Entrance fee

Adult: NIS 22; child: NIS 9
Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 19; child: NIS 8


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