Sunday, July 17, 2016

Israel: Tiberias

From Dead Sea, we travel all the way up to the northern part of Israel to the city of Tiberias. A city located at the western shore of Sea of Galilee. Established around 20 CE and was named in the honour of emperor Tiberius. We check in at Leonardo Plaza for a three day accommodation and the view from our room was mesmerizing.





We had a great time spent in this serene and quiet metropolitan with rich history, culture and at the same time close to mother nature. Having a pleasant cold weather, we enjoyed doing a leisure stroll in the neighborhood, along the promenade all the way to central boardwalk and even tried buying in their local stores.







The streets and roads are noticeably empty and most of the local stores are closed because it was Shabbath or the Sabbath, Shabbath is central to Jewish life and is religiously observed. It is a day of rest and celebration that begins on Friday sunset and ends on the following evening after night fall. Our hotel even have a Shabbath elevator where it stops in all the levels so people don't need to press the buttons as this is considered work.




Leonardo Plaza view from the plaza
Our hotel's reception area
Tiberias is one of the four Jewish holy cities, along with Jerusalem, Hebron and Safed. It is the largest city and the capital of Galilee.

Ohh but wait till you see the panoramic view of the city at night. It was magnificent with all the bright lights complementing the fading color of the blue sky, my camera can only capture a small portion of this fascinating sight. Nothing beats being actually there in that perfect moment and seeing it with your own eyes.




Tiberias is most famous in the Bible for the account of Jesus feeding the five thousand men,

After these things Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberias). A large crowd followed Him, because they saw the signs which He was performing on those who were sick... Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” ... So the men [sat down, in number about five thousand. Jesus then took the loaves, and having given thanks, He distributed to those who were seated; likewise also of the fish as much as they wanted. -- John 6:1-2,10-11

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