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“Stunning mosaics” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Zippori National Park

Zippori National Park
4 kilometers east of Hamovil junction | (on Route 79 between Hamovil junction and Nazareth), Israel
06 656-8272
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Ranked #95 of 576 Attractions in Israel
Type: National Parks, Outdoors
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“Stunning mosaics”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Anyone interested in fine ancient mosaics must make time to visit Zippori. Beautifully maintained park - even the rest rooms are nice. On a clear day, many vantage points of the surrounding area. Zippori offers a bird's eye view, hence the name, which is from the Hebrew for bird.

Visited April 2013
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“Beautiful excavations - amazing mosaics”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Zippori National Park contains an extensive site with large excavations and mosaics of stunning beauty. The site has grown over the years when excavations advanced, and the mosaics form the cornerstone.

Visited April 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Zippori the capital of Galilee in Jesus' time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2012

Near Nazareth is Zippori, the capital of Galilee in Jesus' time.
The excavations from the Roman are great and beautiful findings can be seen, like the mosaic floor of the synagogue, the Nile Villa, the Roman Villa with the mosaic of the "Mona Lisa" of Galilee, the Cardo, the water system and the theatre.
Though it is near Nazareth not too many people visit it.

Visited August 2012
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“Tunnels, Mosaics, Ancient City - a lot packed into 1 site!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2012

We spent 3 – 4 hours here exploring the ancient water system (so much fun and interesting!), walking through the ancient city of Zippori, seeing the mosaics and exploring the site. We thoroughly enjoyed it.

Tips for visiting Zippori that we wish we knew in advance:
• Bring a picnic lunch. There is a café but you can only get cold drinks and ice cream.
• At the Entrance Gate, be sure to get a copy of the park brochure.
• Yes, definitely do the ancient water reservoir area including the two walks in through the tunnels before visiting the main site. Bring a flashlight or have a flashlight app on your smartphone. This area is just inside the Entrance Gate. There is a parking lot just to your left. The first walk is through the Shaft Tunnel and is completely dark. The second walk has plenty of light.
• First walk in the reservoir area: The entrance is at shaft 4 and you walk underground to the exit at shaft 6. There is a Go/No Go sign with a gage that shows the narrowest and lowest part of the tunnel. The rest of the tunnel is higher and you can pass through most of it upright or bending over slightly. You can test yourself at this signpost before entering the tunnel. Why go? It’s fun! The tunnel is part of the ancient water reservoir and tunnel system that regulated the flow of water into Zippori; the tunnels are now dry.
• The second walk in this area of Zippori, is another section of the ancient water reservoir and it is very deep and airy. A great contrast to the close quarters of the underground water channel.
• After seeing the reservoir area, drive to the Entrance Pavilion. You can pick up cold drinks and have a bathroom break. Next to the Entrance Pavilion there are large olive trees that provide shade over the picnic tables. It’s a pleasant spot to rest and snack.
• Then proceed to the hill of Zippori and the remains of the ancient city. The park brochure will detail a good walking route.

Enjoy!

Photos can be seen here: http://www.margieswebgallery.com/galleries/Israel2012/Israelday7/

Visited May 2012
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“If You Only Visit One Archaeological Site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2012

This is a well laid out site that focuses on mosaics and tells the story of life in an ancient city that was home to Jews, Christians, and Romans. Includes the famous "Mona Lisa" mosaic. Great for kids, watch the movie at the visitor center before starting to get a good overview. Walk through the water channel/cistern on the way out of the park.

Visited December 2011
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