Tiberias - Overlooking the Kinneret


Tiberias overlooking the Kinneret

Tiberias is a city on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee in northern Israel. Established in 20 CE, it was named in honour of the emperor Tiberius. Since the 16th century, Tiberias has been considered one of Judaism's Four Holy Cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed. In the 2nd-10th centuries, Tiberias was the largest Jewish city in the Galilee, and the political and religious hub of the Jews of Palestine. According to Christian tradition, Jesus performed several miracles in the Tiberias district, making it an important pilgrimage site for devout Christians.

Steeped in history, Tiberias was founded as a Jewish city sometime around 20 CE by Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, who made it the capital of his realm in Galilee. As mentioned earlier, the city was named in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.  The city of Tiberias has gone through many upheavals over the centuries at the hands of many invading armies or enemies as well as by natural disasters, including floods and many earthquakes. 

Modern day Tiberias, the Kinneret and some of the small surrounding communities have become very popular tourist destinations for both Israeli citizens as well as international visitors.  As mentioned previouly, the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and other destinations in and around Tiberias are of very high interest to Christians from around the world. 


Tiberias has historically been known for its hot springs, believed to cure skin and other ailments, for thousands of years.

Tiberias municipality


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