South of the Old City is Hamat Tiberias National Park, providing unique natural therapeutic hot springs, with as much as one hundred therapeutic minerals in the water. The springs are well know for healing capabilities, and has attracted visitors for over 2,000. This area also an archaeological park preserve, while Mount Berenice offers a spectacular view and the ruins of the 8th century Anchor Church. The tombs of Maimonides, Rabbi Akiva, and Rabbi Meir Baal Haness have made Tiberias a top Israel tour destination.
Jesus’ began his ministry in the Tiberias area only 30 C.E. after the cities establishment on the north part of Lake Kinneret. You’ll see daily holy land tour pilgrims in Tiberias visiting Capernaum, on boat rides, dining in local fish restaurants, and visiting Yardenit, located south of Tiberias.
Tiberias and the surroundings has been a key place in history, providing both a fresh water source, and a good livelihood from the lake, and fertile soil. History has rendered both the Kinneret area and Tiberias itself important to both Jews and Christians alike. Herod founded Tiberias in 17-22 C.E., naming it after the Roman Emperor Tiberius. In the 2nd through 10th centuries, Tiberias was the largest Jewish city in the Galilee, the Jewish political and religious hub, as well as the center of Jewish spiritual, and artistic creativity.
Tiberias attracts Christians and Jews to this amazing land of natural beauty, stunning beaches and diverse tourist activities, and city and lake surroundings.
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