Last weekend the Pomegranate team went North in search of one of Israel's most exciting archaeological discoveries and reconstructions of recent times. We went in search of the ancient synagogue of Um El Kanatir. All in all, this is now one of our favourite sites in Israel precisely because it combines the very ancient and very modern - so please excuse us if we try to twist your arm to work in into your Israel itinerary!Um el Kanatir is an elaborate fifth -sixth century synagogue which was destroyed by the mighty Golan earthquake of 749 CE. As you can see from the photo, the bima was reached via a short flight of stairs, and the size of the synagogue - 18 x 13 metres, and 12 metres high - makes it one of the largest ancient synagogues which have been found, and indicates the wealth of the Jewish community which lived in this area around the 5th and 6th centuries AD.Fast forward to modern day Israel, and archaeologists Yeshu Drei and Haim Ben-David, are using innovative and highly specialised computer technology to code and digitally record each of the ancient stones which remain after the earthquake. Blocks are labelled with computer chips and a special crane lifts and inserts them in the correct sequence. This technology is creating a synagogue now restored with great accuracy, allowing us to really see precisely how ancient synagogues of this time would have looked. When complete the work will be a fine monument to the skill of the original builders of the fifth and sixth centuries CE and the meticulous reconstructors of today.If you're looking for something a little bit off the beaten track during your tour of the North of Israel, we would love to help you include a visit to Um El Kanatir!
The Pomegranate Travel team goes traveling again! Always interested in exploring Israel and finding the most interesting and beautiful places to travel to, we set off again with one of our expert guides. Today was all about the Burma Road and the history from 1947 - 1948 that is connected with it's construction. From November 1947 - May 1948 local Arab forces took control of the only road at that time (road no. 1) from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, not allowing food, weapons, water and medical supplies to get through. This essentially meant that the city of Jerusalem was under siege.
Luxury travel and deep in-country experiences in Israel are Pomegranate Travel’s specialties. Luckily for us, lux options have exploded in number in the past 10 years. Once upon a time, only a limited number of heritage properties such as The King David in Jerusalem were considered worthy. Today there is an abundance of amazing, modern, chic luxury options. From Beresheet hotel in the Negev desert of the South, to the new ELMA Art Complex in the North; have no fear of being denied the pampering you deserve.
A day trip out in the Judean Desert visiting St George's Monastery at Wadi Qelt.