Postcard from Israel – Tiberias waterfront.

With a history spanning almost 2,000 years, the town of Tiberias – built by Herod Antipas between 17-22 CE and named in honour of his Roman emperor – has multiple faces.

One of the four Jewish holy cities (along with Jerusalem, Hevron and Safed), it was the site of the writing of the Aleppo Codex , the Jerusalem Talmud and the completion of the Mishna as well as home to the Sanehdrin.

Tiberias has significance for Christians too and in the 12th century the Crusaders built the Church of St Peter, which later became a mosque and then a caravanserai (khan) before reclaiming its original use.

Today, along the waterfront of Tiberias are surviving mosaics from a 6th century synagogue, a 19th century synagogue, a Greek Orthodox monastery, St Peter’s Catholic Church, a mosque built by an 18th century Bedouin chieftain, Russian Orthodox and Church of Scotland churches – all within the basalt Byzantine city walls and nestled in among high-rise and boutique hotels.

All photos taken by Israelinurse

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  1. dear friends and brothers:
    I would like to say that the history of tiberias is very interesting and if we just think deepful it seems that history wants to unite the three religons to one determinate desteny .
    We human beings try to divide ourselves in the name of religon and fanatism though i believe that we should love each other for a neighbour could be jew or christian or muslem .
    I live in Spain and my best friend is jew iust two hours ago we were drinking and having fun and by the way we spoke about this criminal argelian who killed jewish children and of course his own brothers muslem shouldiers french origenally from Morrocco.
    My dear friends and brothers we have to stop terrorism and not only this we have to stop the cause of thsi bad thing that is horrible to mankind which is the word terror we do not have to give any excuse to such savage thing.
    Please goverment of israel give some land and be generous to the Palestenien and think that what is taken by force sooner or later will be taken by force and not only this the blood of many inocent people so be wise enough and give something otherwise one day you will loose every thing .
    we love you as human beings and you are part of our history why you do not get along and be united and try to solve our problems by peaceful way for as far time pass by more haterad and violance will take place.
    I beg you all jews Arabs get to understand that it is bad to all of us being away to solve our difference avoide all religous calls that separet us try to understand that your god is also ours and your childrens are also ours .
    in the name of love i beg you all to understand that the only way is to give and not always to take .
    at the end i feel grateful to you if you publish my decent article.
    my best regards and god bless our soul.

  2. Brilliant photos, as usual, Israelinurse.Duvidl has been there, seen it, done it, found it the most de-stressing experience of his life and is now considering how to spend his retirement there.

  3. Widening the subject a little, Tiberias is the chief city on the coast of the Sea-of-Galilee, or lake Kinneret (in Arabic – Bahr Tubaria, literally, the “Sea of Tiberias”). There are many Hebrew songs written on the Kinneret, ever since the first days of Hebrew revival and Zionism in the 1900s. Here’s a relatively new one (from the 1980s): “Shiri Li Kinneret” (“Sing to me, Kinneret”), performed by Mili Miran, complete with Kinneret views and karakoke:

    • Duvidl loves your spelling of “karakoke,” but does not believe Mili does “koke”. Duvidl would, nevertheless, like to see Mili doing the “hokey kokey.”

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