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The Ramat Rahel Archaeological Project

"The ancient site of Ramat Rahel is located on a hilltop 818 m above sea level, midway between the Old City of Jerusalem and Bethlehem. The site, in the western part of modern Kibbutz Ramat Rahel, is strategically situated overlooking the road that in antiquity was the major artery leading from Jerusalem southward. The summit commands a broad and magnificent view: To the north is the verdant Mount of Olives, the Temple Mount with its gold-covered Dome of the Rock and much of historic and modern Jerusalem; to the south are the northern Hebron hills, parts of the Judean Desert, Bethlehem with its Church of the Nativity and the unique, volcano-shaped Herodium. On a clear day, beyond the barren hills of the Judean Desert, one can see the summits of the distant purple mountains of Moab in Jordan. On the western slopes of the site one can easily single out the main road running from Jerusalem southward to Bethlehem, Hebron and Beer Sheba."

Format:  Website
Publisher:  Tel Aviv University
Publication City:  Tel Aviv