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Mount Nitai


Basic Information

Location 32°49′32.22″N 35°29′12.04″E
Country Israel
City Galilee

General Information

Open to visitors yes
Need appointment no
Handicap accessibility no
Geographical Coordinates 32.82562,35.48668


Mount Nitai (Hebrew: הר נתאי‎, Har Nitai) is a mountain west of the Sea of Galilee and north of Tiberias, in Israel. Due east of the mountain is Mount Arbel. Har Nitai is named after Nittai of Arbela. One can see the cliffs of Har Nitai and Arbel when looking southwest from Capernaum, on the shore of the Sea of Galillee.

A valley separates Har Nitai from Arbel. A stream runs through that valley. Atop Har Nitai are a grove of trees and the ruins of an ancient settlement. The ruins are unexcavated and their identity remains unknown. The eastern boundary of the ruins is marked by the ruins of an ancient wall. Approximately 80 metres east of the wall is a sheer drop-off, or cliff. Perhaps ancient residents built the wall for safety-reasons (for example, to prevent their children from having access to the cliff). Or perhaps they built the wall to enclose a defendable area, bounded by a wall and a cliff, to defend against attackers. Until an excavation is performed and evidence is unearthed, one can only speculate.

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