Susita, one of many Hellenistic cities found throughout the East, Caesarea Philippi, the capital of the Golan in the time of Jesus and the site of one of the most important episodes in the New Testament, Mount Hermon, one of the traditional sites of the transfiguration, and Kursi, the site of the miracle of the swine, are all situated within minutes of ancient synagogues, churches, villages, and medieval fortresses - the historic legacy on the Golan.
The Golan is a traveler's dream destination. Its natural landscape comprises wide-open spaces, woodlands and water-filled canyons, hot springs and ski slopes. Its wild life includes elegant leopards and wolves, bashful gazelles and timid rock rabbits, vultures and eagles, and much, much more. The history of man in the Golan dates back to prehistoric times. Many of the area's most ancient archaeological ruins, such as its Stonehenge-like megalithic circles, remain undeciphered. The Golan is clotted with the archaeological records of various periods and cultures, including those of the Greek world and early Christianity.
|Le Golan annexé et le Liban sud occupé par Israël
Au coeur de la négociation israélo-syrienne
Mount Tabor rises 588 m above the Plain of Jezreel. It is supposed to be the site of Christ's transfiguration. In the property of the Catholic Franciscans, the Church of the Transfiguration , is constructed in light-hued limestone, in the style of ecclesiastical architecture which developed in Syria in the 4th to 6th century. The garden contains a tablet commemorating the visit of Pope Paul VI in 1964. Underneath the church building are three grottoes called tabernacles. They are supposed to be the three tabernacles which Peter wanted to build, one for the Master, the other two for Moses and Elijah.