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Magdala, Migdal

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Archaeology Tour
Take a tour of Magdala, an archaeological site where excavations in 2009 unearthed the remains of an ancient fishing village, believed to be the hometown of Mary Magdalene. On a guided visit to the still-active dig, you can view a first-century synagogue and the “Magdala Stone,” carved with a depiction of the Jewish Second Temple. Explore the complex further and you'll also see several other recently excavated ruins of ancient houses, as well as a newly constructed Christian chapel. By using our Ginosar itinerary builder, you can arrange your visit to Magdala and other attractions in Ginosar.
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  • A few years back, a priest from Mexico purchased some land on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, near Tiberius. On this land, which was a ports right on the sea at the time of Jesus, a first century syn...  more »
  • My visited in Magdala is really a memory for life! First, we visited the old city and the guides told us in detail about the city's history. Magdala was a port on the sea of Galilee, important for trade and export of, inter alia, salted fish to the world's markets, including Europe. At a hotel construction site discovered archeologiska finds, one of the first synagogues, currently the oldest dug into Galilee and one of seven from the first century throughout Israel. Just such a thing! The modern Church of the Magdalene is an experience in itself with great paintings and arkitektyr. This hit people from all over the world, and one can witness the fairs in different languages. Wonderful scenery and a great experience! To have guides, develops the perspective from historical, political and religious point of view. The visit can be rounded off with shopping in the souvenir shop offering everything from Amulet Books and art. Highly recommended!
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  • Even though it was raining when we visited Magdala, it was well worth visiting. It was wonderful to see the excavated areas and to be able to walk so near to them. How exciting that this is a relative...  more »
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  • A fascinating visit of one of the most ancient synagogues in Israel, together with remarkable archaeological discoveries from the Roman period in the area that give us a great insight into life for the people who lived here. For Christians there is extra significance as it is likely that Jesus would have preached in this synagogue, and there is also a beautiful modern worship space. Located on the shores of the Sea of Galilee, there are lovely lake views from this site. The only downside is that the entrance fee is somewhat higher than the other important sites in the area, but it is still pretty reasonable.
  • Amazing place. Visited with a group. Another group sang for us in the rotunda. It was awesome. The most striking thing for me was the larger than life painting of Mary Magdalene's hand touching the hem of Christ in the chapel downstairs
  • There was an active dig when we went there. It was great to see the volunteer diggers at work. It must be a painstaking process, but totally worth it since they were discovering a lot of things in the area.
  • DUC IN ALTUM DE: one of the most beautiful churches. Altar as a ship on the water. PL: Every z najpiękniejszych kościołów. Ołtarz jako m'barka na wodzie.
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  • The legionaries found remains of a synagogue in the 1st century, where it is believed Jesus made his first sermons, the temple is dedicated to the Virgin of Guadalupe (that Mexico) and the altar is fascinating and boat-shaped, there is a representation of a synagogue from the 1st century which is currently used by Julia community and by the Catholic community within the Catholic Church within this synagogue is the picture of the behalf of the Chilean Daniel Cariola simply incredible
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