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Yeriḥo, Palestine

From series “Remains of the First Ancient Cities”
Year: 10 millenium B.C..

Jericho is often called the oldest city on earth. The earliest evidence of human habitation on its territory dates back to the 10th Millennium BC. The permanent site of ancient people was founded on the site of Jericho in the pre-ceramic Neolithic era. Finds found in the archaeological zone indicate that a highly developed civilization lived in these places thousands of years ago. The very first defensive structure was built on the territory of the ancient city in the Stone Age.

Yeriḥo, Palestine The height of the defensive wall was about 4 meters, and the width was about 2 meters. The 8-meter-high tower was located inside an impregnable defensive structure. According to researchers, it was used for ritual purposes. It remains a mystery to contemporaries how the inhabitants of the ancient city managed to build such large-scale buildings thousands of years ago. It is not known for certain in what period Jericho received its last name. The first written mention of it dates back to 1550 BC.

Jericho was a large-scale fortress with a very complex structure at that time. Seven stone walls were built to defend the city. They formed a maze. It was incredibly difficult for an outsider to enter the city's territory. An extremely beautiful blooming oasis with fertile soil and valuable sources of freshwater was located behind the defensive walls. The locals had something to guard behind seven walls. Besides, the city was located at the intersection of important trade routes. The history of Jericho ended after the city was captured by the Israelites. Next - Bibl

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Useful staff nearby

ATM bankomat: 'ATM-Housing Bank' located in 17 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Thrifty Car Rental' is located in 21 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'محطة وقود الهدى' in 2.28 km
Supermarket: 'Rami Market' in 2.3 km
Parking: 'Einot Tsukim Reserve Parking' in 16 km
Apotheek: 'صيدلية دار الدواء' in 20 km
Police station: 'Jericho Province' in 2.28 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Bedouin Lifestyle' in 1.14 km
Railway station: 'Jerusalem-Malha' in 25 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 54 km
 »  Queen Alia Airport AMM - in 55 km
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 59 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 67 km
 »  Haifa Airport HFA - in 111 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Yeriḥo

Jericho Resort Village

Located in 2 km from Yeriḥo
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Rooms: 104
All air-conditioned accommodations feature a balcony with pool or mountain View. Each one offers a satellite TV, a minibar and a coffee table. The … More: photo, rates and booking
Intercontinental Jericho

Located in 3 km from Yeriḥo
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Rooms: 181
The rooms and suites at Intercontinental Jericho are decorated in a modern style. Each accommodation includes air conditioning, a satellite TV and a … More: photo, rates and booking
Bab Al Shams Resort

Located in 5 km from Yeriḥo
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Rooms: 14
All accommodation at Bab Al Shams Resort is air-conditioned and simply decorated. Each unit includes a mini fridge, a flat-screen TV and a private … More: photo, rates and booking
Signature Suites (Al Zahra Towers)

Located in 21 km from Yeriḥo
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Rooms: 98
All air-conditioned units are fitted with tiled floors. Each suite offers a balcony, a living area, a dining area and an equipped kitchen. The … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Monastery of George Khozevita
2 km - Monastery of George Khozevita
In Israel there is a building, on the road to which one is extremely complicated. It is about Gheorghe Hozevitul Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is considered one of the oldest in the world and is located on the territory of the Celt Valley, in the Jewish desert. …
The Monastery of Mar Saba
19 km - The Monastery of Mar Saba
There is the Orthodox monastery of Mar Saba In Israel, near Jerusalem. The shrine is known to many travelers as the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. In appearance it resembles a powerful medieval fortress. The monastery was named after its founder and was laid …
Church of All Nations
20 km - Church of All Nations
The beautiful Church of All Nations is located in the Garden of Gethsemane in Israel. It was built by a famous Italian architect in 1924. The stone is kept in the church. It is its main value. Jesus Christ was in the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane on this stone. …
21 km - Jerusalem
Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the Middle East and one of the oldest cities in the world, whose history dates back to 2800 BC. Many travelers know it as the location of priceless religious shrines. It’s visited by followers of the …
Synagogue Hasidut Belz
22 km - Synagogue Hasidut Belz
The Hasidic Belz synagogue is located in a busy neighborhood in Jerusalem. The synagogue has already acquired the status of an important city landmark, even though it was built only recently. Its construction began in 1985. It lasted 15 years. This religious monument …
Cave of Patriarchs
47 km - Cave of Patriarchs
In Judaism, the second holiest place after the Temple Mount is the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as the Cave of Machpelah. It’s located in the historic crypt of Hebron. According to the biblical tradition, Isaac, Abraham, Jacob, and their spouses are buried …

Top destination around Yeriḥo - Jericho

Christian pilgrims from all over the world arrive in Jericho in order to visit Mount Quarantania or Mount of Temptation, the height of which is nearly four hundred meters. The ascension to the mountain starts from the main city ruins. Does the path look too complicated? No problem, there is a cable car that will take you to the top fast. The view from the top of the mount is truly mesmerizing and worth the effort. It is possible to see the ancient Palestinian city in detail. Walk a hundred meters on the mountain serpentine and you will reach an ancient monastery founded by Saint Chariton the Confessor in the 40s of the 4th century.

This monastery has an interesting design – all rooms in the building are carved in the rocks. There is an old chapel in one of the caves. The Bible tells that Jesus Christ was praying to God for forty days and nights in this cave. This area is recognized as the Holy Grotto of the Temptation of Christ nowadays. The monastery itself is not big but it looks so natural in the surrounding landscape that it creates an atmosphere of unity with the rest of the world. During a visit to the monastery, don’t forget to go to the “healing well”, water is which is believed to have healing properties. Finally, the Stone of Temptation is another popular attraction of the monastery.
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