Jacob's Well

Jacob's Well, Nablus

Jacob's Well
4.5
Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Religious Sites
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Nicolas
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Worth to see a history of the old and New Testament !
jacob’s well ! and the same well where Jesus had water from the Samaritan woman !
Written June 27, 2019
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PortAzor
Amsterdam, The Netherlands250 contributions
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The place is known now as Nablus, biblically Sychar or Shechem in the land of Damaria. Last time I was here, 12-15 years ago, there were no walls nor ceiling, hence no icons in the church. It is a fascinating Greek Orthodox Church, watched over by Fr. Justinus, who painted all the icons and did the mosaic of the Crucifixion, a major undertaking. It is 100% certain that Jesus was here on His way to Jerusalem when he met the Samaritan woman, known as Saint Photine.

Down a stairway below the church is the location of the well where The encounter took place. The well is extremely deep and the water is cool and refreshing.

I had the pleasure of meeting Fr. Justinus and was led around the church as he humbly showed me all his work and prayer of the Icons. It’s amazing that a gentleman of his stature and age was so inspired and able to illuminate the Church with the beauty of the Icons. He is undoubtedly blessed by the Lord.
Written November 3, 2018
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AdityaDas_13
London, UK20 contributions
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I have been to Jacob's Well twice, first in August 2016, and then in August 2017. In my second visit, the place was empty except for the priest, my sister, and I. It opens at 9am till 12pm, and then reopens from 2 to 4 in the afternoon.

It is very quiet and peaceful inside, and please do not worry about the surrounding areas, as I am aware that some tourists have concerns. I have always felt very welcome. There are service taxis that will drop you in front of the church, and after your visit, you can take taxis to anywhere in Nablus. Definitely recommend.
Written September 6, 2017
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DruryS
Fairfax, VA270 contributions
Couples
The well is located in the lower level inside a beautiful Orthodox church. The arts done by the monk who are still living there are amazing. The monk is friendly and welcoming. Unfortunately, my experience was tainted by a sour looking gate keeper who was concerned about me buying the souvenirs before I left as a “donation”. I’m pretty sure the tour agency I hired had already made arrangement with him, otherwise he would not have opened the church for visitors. Photos taking of the well was forbidden by him, even though a group in front of me took pictures before; there is no sign of that is not allowed. I was confused; especially before my visit, I checked reviews on tripadvisor and some of members posted photos of the well. If you have plenty of time, a history buff, or think it’s really important to touch the well where Jesus talked to a Samaritan woman, and yes, it’s worth of drive to visit the well- the city itself is not much to see. But beware, that you will be “encouraged” to buy souvenirs as a form of donation. On the side of the token, Nablus is very famous for its kunefes (sweet pastry) so be sure to stop by at one of the cafes to try them. You won’t regret it.
Written October 26, 2019
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barbgt
Amman, Jordan75 contributions
Jacob's Well is easy to reach from the center of Nablus. From the bottom of the mall you can take a shared taxi to "Beerr ya3qoob" - it will cost 2.5 shekels.
The well is located inside a church with a beautiful and peaceful garden. Depending on the day you go, you might bump into a lot of Russian tourists but the place is normally very quiet.
The man responsible for the place is friendly and happy to show you around. There is no entry fee but a small donation is appreciated.
Written June 27, 2017
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Kitty Hooey
United Kingdom17 contributions
The Well in the grotto is just amazing. Meditating down there was something I will never forget. The Monk sitting nearby sells wonderful religious items.
I feel the gentleman upstairs at the shop was so knowledgeable about all the icons around the Church that it was a pity that he could not take time out to show us around the icons and talk in detail.
Written August 8, 2019
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tellana1
Atlanta, GA148 contributions
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definitely worth a stop. Beautiful Greek Orthodox Church that has been the site of numerous attacks by people who think the site should not be Christian. Present monk has done virtually all of the icon writing, mosaic work, etc. that you see on site. beautiful and historically important. If the monk is there he speaks both Arabic and Greek. Bathrooms are on site but not well kept.
Written January 21, 2019
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kekenkel
Mitchell, SD134 contributions
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On our tour group's drive through Samaria we stopped at St. Photini Church, a Greek Orthodox church located in Nablus, Palestine. The church is built over Jacob's Well. The well is in the lower crypt of the church. Another review states that no photos are allowed in the well area, but our group took photos and videos while the Greek Orthodox priest looked on.

I happened to be closest to the well when our tour leader finished talking about the well, so I was able to draw water from this ancient well. It's really deep.

Our group was trying to be quiet and reverent, and all of a sudden we were surprised by the priest who sprinkled us using his aspergillum. He had a smirk on his face, which made us all laugh. We found out that this priest is the artist who painted the ceiling in the sanctuary of the church. It took him six months. He also created some beautiful mosaics located in the church. I asked him if I could take his picture, which he willingly allowed me to do.

Our group all enjoyed our time visiting this church and Jacob's Well.
Written July 14, 2017
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AlaHammouz
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Note: Jacob's Well Open from 10:00 - 12:00 and from 14:00 - 16:00
Its so close To Tal Balata , so dont missed a chance to visit it! welcome to Nablus !
Written August 26, 2016
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My visits to the world
Nazareth, Israel58 contributions
Couples
It is the well near Samaria where Jesus sat to rest when a woman came during the day to draw water and Jesus spoke to hear. I think it is the deepest well in the country.
The priest that lives there built the present church structure that stands now and it is beautiful to see the mosaic and paintings he made by his own hands. You can find good toilets and nice garden. It is located on the main road to Nablus from the east and has easy access.
Written June 24, 2016
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