Magdala

Magdala, Migdal

Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
A unique Holy Land site known as the hometown of Mary Magdalene, located at the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The archaeological site features a complete first century town from the times of Jesus. It is one of Israel´s most recent archaeological discoveries with the best preserved synagogue in the Galilee. Complementary tours of the site are available upon request. The site also features "Duc in Altum" a place for worship and prayer. Magdala is known as a crossroads of Jewish and Christian History, and will soon also feature a guesthouse in opening mid-2018.
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Dani S
8 contributions
Apr 2022
The Magdala hotel is impressive, very nice & bright architecture, right on the Sea of ​​Galilee, and very clean a welcoming. However, what is most unique about it is that it snanda on the very Historal spot of the Jesus's time famous Madala fisherment port. The Archaeological excavations of the site are right there, as part to the hotel, so you get the feeling you're both in modern times as well as in Jesus time. There are tours available at the hotel. On top of it, there is a beautiful modern unique church, facing the water, which was built to inspire peace for all religions. It has several artistic mosaic pictures in various chapels, in two levels, and it is an experience on it's own to visit this building. The whole place is managed by Fr. Juan Solana, a most pleasnt and remarkable man, whom we met during our visit there.
Written April 24, 2022
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Gaby G M
1 contribution
Mar 2022
Magdala is an excellent place to encounter Jesus Christ!
From the ancient city to the wonderful church and chapels, every detail inspires spirituality and transports you to the time when Jesus lived and walked near the Galilee Sea. The volunteers and priests are amazing and they help you connect with Jesus, Mary, your faith, and this wonderful place.
There is something for everyone: extraordinary mosaics, the altar-boat with the view, vaulted painted ceiling and columns, and incredible paintings that make you feel like you are in that chapter of the Bible.
And with the convenience to stay there as a guest!
My family loved it!
Written March 15, 2022
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Steve C
Huntsville, AL7 contributions
Jun 2021 • Friends
Magdala is an amazing site. The team has done a masterful job of unearthing this treasure where Christ likely preached. Padre Kelly uses a unique combination of reverence and humor to explain the importance of this site while building connections between Jews and Christians. Highly recommend this on your next visit to Galilee.
Written July 2, 2021
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Marci M
2 contributions
Mar 2022 • Friends
Whether you're looking for a spiritual experience, an archaeological treasure, peaceful lakeshore, learning more about Biblical women, stunning art (intricate ancient and modern mosaics, massive paintings, and sculptures), or an optical illusion of a boat on the Sea of Galilee inside a building, Magdala has it all. Father Kelly is charismatic and inspiring, with heartwarming stories and insights. Fantastic experience, hands down one of the highlights of our time in Israel.
Written March 25, 2022
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Howard G
New York City, NY182 contributions
Nov 2021
This has to be considered a "must see" now that its development has been expanded. It is a site that was considered lost for a long time and was one of the most significant Jewish settlements along the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) during the Jewish and Roman period. There is good reason to believe that Jesus actually visited the ancient town and performed miracles there, making it a most important holy Christian site. The most famous relic, the Magdala Stone, from the ancient synagogue is represented by a replica since the original is considered too valuable to leave sitting on the ground in the open (you wouldn't know it is not the real thing if someone didn't tell you). There is an ancient mikvah of incredible condition. The modern church built next to the site has spectacular mosaics of the current modern period depicting what is believed to have happened there. If you can, get a guide for in depth explanations.
Written November 10, 2021
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Sofi NS
Athens, Greece12,609 contributions
Aug 2021
It took us quite a while to locate the archaeological site until we realized it is accessible though the hotel next door. No entrance fee or anything, could not really tell whether the site is open to visitors or not. Regardless, we spent some 10 min exploring around and taking some pictures. There are some story boards that show how the site will be upgraded to look much more visitor friendly in the future and in harmony with the environment, but I don’t see it happening any time soon. If you happen to drop by stop and check it out, otherwise you might as well skip it.
Written September 4, 2021
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Patricia Dauber Ortiz
1 contribution
Oct 2020
This was my first time in the Holy Land. When Padre Juan began this experience by saying:" You are now stepping on the Holy Land where Jesus walked," I was impacted. The entire experience has brought Jesus, Mary, the apostles, disciples and women to life.

The organization and realization of this experience was impeccable. Thank you.
Written October 31, 2020
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jlj93byu
Salt Lake City, UT1 contribution
Jul 2021
Magdala is not to be missed! Given it's convenient location on Galilee and near Tiberias, most travelers will not be inconvenienced at all to venture here, and those that do will be richly rewarded. Pastor Kelly provided a very illuminating tour of the grounds and the chapel. The recently uncovered ruins are fascinating to view, particularly the original tilework and colors on some of the decorative stones. The chapel itself is a very inspiring tribute to the women in Christ's life and itself has both beautiful artistry and rich history in the original 1st century road that is preserved and down which some apostles very likely walked. Bottom line, no visit to the Galilee region is complete without a stop by Magdala!
Written August 24, 2021
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Aurimas J
8 contributions
Feb 2020
This February (2020) was my third visit to Holy land and just this time I was able to visti Magdala. What a discovery! What a splendid place!

The First century archeological city exposed very well with its great remains of synagoge of that time. Having in mind that it was synangoge of the first century, and the city was flourising sea port in that time which is close to Arbel valley through which Jesus was waliking from Nazareth to Galilee sea, it is absolutely for sure could be stated that here he was. And other parts of the city (Villa's and Mikva'ot; Market place; Fisher's house nad others) are also very interesting. I'd suggest you to ask staff to have volunteer guide who for our small group of 4 was very helpful (nice guy Santiago from Mexico).

But the gem of this place is newly built (just in 2014 05 28 consecrated) church "Duc in Altum" (Put out into th Deep). It has not just nice Women's Atrium (entering place of the church) but also very elegent six chapels, out of which five are on the groud floor: Mary Magdalene's; Daughter of Jairus; Fishers of Men; Walking on the Water and the main one - The Boat and the one - The Encounter one in basement. This interdenominational place of prayer is wonderful not just due to its floor made out of stones found in the excavations but also for its impresive painting of the encounter between Jesus and hemorrhaging woman (Mark 5:25).

And the last thing (maybe the most impresive one). In this Encounter chapel we met wonderful Catholic priest from the US who serves there. His empowering prayer and blessing all of those who were at that moment in the chapel was someting extraordinary! What a man of living believe! His blessing words were with us all thru our visit time in Holy Land.
Written February 27, 2020
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Janie T
2 contributions
Feb 2020
When you have visited an area three times before, the fourth time could be rather routine. But that was not true for me, as the group with which I traveled to Israel recently visited Magdala and stayed on site several nights. You might guess that time spent at Magdala and in the Magdala Center surpassed anything I would have ever expected. The archaeological remains recently unearthed ooze with history, confirming all I have been taught. The staff could not be better, and the entire facility provides a wonderful site for retreat, study, meditation, and/or relaxation. (And yes, the accommodations and amenities are as awesome as everything else.) The Boat and Encounter Chapels are a "must" if you desire a quiet place for reflection. Don't be in a rush to visit elsewhere; be sure to book extra time for relaxation, and have your camera ready for some exquisite sunrises/sets. And, if you are fortunate enough to share conversation with Father Kelly be ready to feel welcomed and loved like you have never been before. I have no problem sharing I look forward to returning to Magdala, and plan to spend several days at this first-century port on the Sea of Galilee. I can't think of a more incredible way to spend time away from home.
Written March 7, 2020
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