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Around Jerusalem and the Dead Sea Sights

Tel Jericho

  • Ain as-Sultan St.
  • Jericho
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 05/29/2013

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Also called Tel es-Sultan (Sultan's Hill), Tel Jericho covers the legendary ancient city. Nearly 200 years of excavations have still not uncovered the walls that fell when Joshua stormed the city in the mid-13th century BC. The most impressive ruins that have been unearthed are a massive tower and wall, remains of the world's oldest walled city. Little is known about these early urbanites, who lived here in the Neolithic period between 7800 and 6500 BC, or why they needed

such fortifications thousands of years before they became common in the region.

Across the road is Ain as-Sultan, or the Sultan's Spring. The name comes from the prophet Elijah's miracle of sweetening the water with a bowl of salt (II Kings 2:19–22). The waters are still eminently drinkable if you wish to refill your bottles. To the east in Jordan are the mountains of the biblical kingdoms of Ammon and Moab, among them the peak of Mt. Nebo, from which Moses viewed the Promised Land before dying at the ripe old age of 120.

To get to Tel Jericho by car, drive along Old Route 90, the main road through Jericho, and turn left at the traffic circle onto Ain as-Sultan Street. The parking lot is about 2 km (1 mile) down the road.

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Sight Information

Address:

Ain as-Sultan St., Jericho, Israel

Phone:

02-232–4815;

Sight Details:

  • NIS 10
  • Oct.–Mar., daily 8–5; Apr.–Sept., daily 8–6

Updated 05/29/2013

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