In addition to the nicely preserved mosaic in what is believed to be one of the first Christian churches (prior to Jesus' arrival the inhabitants were pagan as opposed to Jewish), this is the supposed place of the miracle of the swine (for those who hunt for the connection between the land and the book; although there is a contender for this same miracle in Jordan).
The climb up the mountain is worth it for the church wall decorations.
In addition to the archaeological appreciation, on our visit in late May, we found the place to be quiet and relaxing, especially under the flowering Royal Poincianan, which provided the much needed shade. Should your visit coincide with the flowering of the royal poinciana tree that blooms from end of spring through the summer, it would be the highlight of the visit.
The Royal Poinciana is a native of Madagascar. It is consistently voted among the top 5 most beautifully flowering trees in the world. For several weeks in spring and all summers it is covered with exuberant clusters of flame-red flowers, 12-15 cm across. Royal Poinciana gets 9-12 meters tall, but its elegant wide-spreading umbrella-like canopy can be wider than its height. Other common names for Royal Poinciana include Flamboyant Tree, Flame Tree, Mohur Tree and Red Flame (www.syndu.com).
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