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Hebron: The City of the Patriarch

Al Khalil  Situated to the south of Bethlehem, Hebron is one of the oldest continuously inhabited towns in the world. History shows the Canaanites were living in Hebron as early as 2000 B.C.E. It is believed that Adam and Eve lived in Hebron after their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.

Holy to Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike as the burial place of Abraham, Al – Khalil. The Abraham Mosque, which houses the tombs of the Patriarchs, dominates the city center’s landscape. Inside the mosque, stunning stained – glass windows soften and transform sunlight falling upon the marble floors and stone–inscribed walls. The huge symmetric stones in the walls of this mosque are in the style of Herod the Great.

Hebron is known for its lush grape vineyards, pottery, glassware, leatherworks, and other inventive arts. Lively, colorful, and creative are the most common words used by tourists to describe this city.

To the north of town are the famous Hebron glass factories, world-renowned for producing exquisite blue glass. Visitors can watch the process of glass blowing from beginning to end and choose from a colorful selection of vases, jars, and ornaments. Visitors also can find interesting pottery in Hebron, some of it painted and other pieces left natural. Fanciers of leather goods will want to check out Hebron tanneries. Hebron also is famous for its beautiful for its beautiful colorful rugs.

Hebron market (souq) is a wonderful adventure of arched roofs, alleyways, and shops, where you can buy everything from olive wood, spices, dried fruits (the raisins are particularly delicious), jewelry, and avant-garde baskets made from old rubber tires. In
step with its focus on the arts, Hebron is creating a museum for archeological and cultural artifacts in an old hammam (bathhouse).

Approximately 3 kilometers north of the town center is the Beit Ilanim site, where an angel told Abraham and Sarah that she would bear a son, Isaac. Another compelling site is Masqobiya, where a huge oak tree stands, indicating the place where Abraham invited the angels to rest and eat.

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HEBRON ATTRACTIONS

Abraham’s Mosque – Haram Ibrahimi – Mamre – Haram Al-Ram – Oak of Abraham -Moscoby Church – The Old Town – Hebron Museum – Yatta – Samu’

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SPECIALITIES OF HEBRON

 Handicrafts: Artisan, Glass, Ceramics

A commercial centre for neighbouring villages and a major transit point for trans-Arabian caravan traders in the old days,Hebrondeveloped a wide range of specialities. Celebrated for its growth of grapes since the days of early antiquity (Numbers 13:20-24), this ranks high among agricultural activities in the area. InHebronas well as throughoutPalestine, grapes are consumed as jam, syrup (dibes ) or sweets (malban: thin layers made from concentrated grape juice decorated with small dry pine kernels called Kresh). Sweetbreads are another specialty served in many small restaurants.

Hebronis famous for leather, skins and carpets. Tanneries ofHebronhad their day of glory at the time when caravans fromEgyptand theArabPeninsulapassed through, and traders would purchase goatskin bottles for transporting their water. Today, leather is used mainly to manufacture the excellent shoes made inHebron, and for the manufacture of fine-quality sheepskins. Superb woolen carpets are made throughout theHebronregion and are on sale inOldCityshops.

One production especially captivating visitors: glass blowing. Of all colours, cobalt blue is the favourite. The technique was probably brought here in the fifteenth century by Venetian merchants who came toPalestineto buy cotton. The main glass-blowing workshops are not in the old City, but are located around the northern entrance to Hebron on the way towards Bethlehem such as the Hebron Glass and Ceramics Factory and the al-Salam Glass and Pottery where one may take photographs, observe ancient techniques of glass-making and buy exquisite glassware.

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