Zippori national park
Israel, Galilee

Zippori National Park is located in the Lower Galilee, 6 km northwest of the city of Nazareth, at an altitude of 289 meters above sea level, between the channel of the Zippori River and the Beit Netofa Valley. Zippori is an ancient walled city, an open-air museum. Famous historical and architectural monuments of Zippori belong to the Ottoman, Arabic, Islamic, Crusader, Byzantine, Roman, Babylonian, Jewish, Hellenic, Assyrian periods in the history of Galilee and Israel. The first excavations were carried out in 1931. To date, archaeological excavations of the ancient city of Zippori are underway. The main attractions have survived to this day: a Byzantine mosaic of the 3rd century, known as the Mona Lisa of Galilee, the Roman Theater, funerary caves, ruins of the Crusader fortress, giant underground hydraulic structures, the remains of a residential Roman quarter, the villa of Dionysus, the Synagogue of the Mishna and Talmud period, the remains buildings of the First and Second Temples. Hebrew zippori means bird. In the Babylonian Talmud it is written: "And why is he called Zippori? Because he is at the top of the mountain like a bird."

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