Jenin & The North Attractions
Jenin & The North Attractions
Located 3km west of Jenin, thevillageofBurqincontains the ruins of a Byzantine church and the cave where lepers who were healed by Jesus once lived. The church has been restored several times and is still being used by the village’s Christian Greek Orthodox community. It is composed of the leper cave and an 18th century hall and nave. Tradition suggests that on His way toJerusalem, Jesus passed by the village and miraculously healed the lepers.
Khirbet Belama is located at the southern entrance of Jenin and is the site of the Canaanite city ofIbleamwhose residents resisted the tribe of Manasseh. The tunnel was apparently cut during the late Bronze Age-Early Iron Age and was reused during the Roman Byzantine period. The entrance of the tunnel has a large Roman Vault, probably rebuilt during the Crusader period. At its entrance, a large cistern was found that might be identified with Bir-es-Sinjib/Sinjil, a corruption of the Crusader name St. Job. The second part of the tunnel shows evidence of reuse from the medieval period, while the end part yielded mainly Early Roman pottery. A large number of lamps were found, mostly in the second part of the tunnel.
Arrabah – Ottoman Castles
Located 6km south of Burqin, Zababdeh is built over the site of a Byzantine village. A beautiful mosaic of a sixth century church can be found at the convent of the Rosary Sisters, as well as a Roman building, known as boubariya.
The city ofQalqilya, located northeast of the est Bank, has its roots and origins in the Canaanite era. The name “Qalqilya” goes back to the Roman time, and European medieval sources, like its contemporary, refer to it as “Kalilia.”
Qalqilya is situated 12 kilometers from the Mediterranean coast on the border betweenIsraeland theWest Bank. The city’s altitude ranges from 45 to 125 meters above sea level. It has 45,000 inhabitants and an annual growth rate of 3.8 percent.
Qalqilya has a temperate, Mediterranean climate: rainy and warm in winter and hot in the summer with humidity levels reaching 70 percent during July and August . Annual average rainfall is 550 millimeters.
A local council was first established in Qalqilya in 1909 during the last decade of Ottoman rule. Its first municipal council was established in 1945.
The city has a large stadium, which hosts important national competitions and tournaments. The city also boasts the only zoo inPalestine, which was established in 1986 and comprises 20,000 square meters. The same complex houses an entertainment park, which includes electric cars, trains, and other entertainment for children.
During a visit to Qalqilya, you can enjoy the beautiful scenery, the specialized food, and spend a relaxing day in the country.
Located on the border of the Samarian mountains, Tulkarem was settled by the Canaanites in 3000 B.C.E. Tombs from the early Canaanite period were discovered in the vicinity of the city. It later became a Roman post called Birat Soriqa and from the Islamic period onward it was known as Tulkarem . The city took its importance when the Ottomans made it the capital for the region.
TheTulkaremArchaeologicalMuseumwhich is located in the center of the town, includes numerous artifacts from the Roman period onward. There are many historical places in Tulkarem, including the Tomb of Jacob’s Daughters and the Roman Press in Irtah.
Umm Al-Rihan Forest
UmmAl-RihanForestis located in the extreme of the West Bank, northwest of Jenin, bordering the Green Line that dividesIsraelfrom the Palestinian territories.
The site is the main and the biggest natural forest remaining in theWest Bankthat represents the Mediterranean bio-geographical ecosystem. Moreover this site is considered as one of the main bird areas in theWest Bank, mainly for migratory birds of which some pass in thousands yearly. This nature reserve is considered of high importance for wild genetic resources, inPalestineparticularly the wild original species of barley, wheat, and fruit trees.