Rehov ha- Banim
The city of Tiberias is located on the Western side of the sea of Galilee. The area was known to be a location of healing hot springs and beautiful landscapes. It is no surprise that the son of Herod the Great, Herod Antipas chose this place for finding a city here in 20 AD. The name given was that of his protector, Roman empire Tiberius.
to Josephas Flavius the city was found in 20 AD by Herod Antipas.
Several spas were erected similar to that of other parts of Roman
empire. Besides the city became the official residence of Antipas. He
built magnificent palace, amphitheater and surrounded the city with
walls. A synagogue was also build here for the Jews that used
by the rebels during the First Rebellion as a conference hall. However
population of Jews before the rebellion inside the city was
insignificant. The site of the Tiberias was found on the former grave
site. All this changed after 70 AD. Many refugees leave
The Southern Wall
emperor Justinian I (527- 565 AD) built these city walls for defense
against raiders. Remains of city gates also have remained.
by archeological digs there were several synagogues build here, one on
top of the other from the first century till the 8th
century AD. The mosaic floor that is well preserved here belong to the
time of the Severus emperors that ruled
After the First Crusade captured the lands on the Western shore of the sea of Galilee they started building walls of their own castle to defend it against the Saracens. Their Citadels are still visible.
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