Lower Galilee Sights

Kursi National Park

  • Rte. 92
  • Kursi
  • Town/Village

Published 03/15/2016

Fodor's Review

Huddling under the imposing cliffs of Golan Heights, where Route 789 climbs away from 92, this place is linked with the New Testament story of a man possessed by demons. Jesus exorcised the spirits, causing them to enter a herd of swine grazing nearby, which then "rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and perished in the waters" (Matthew 8:32). Fifth-century Byzantine Christians identified the event with this spot and built a monastery. It was an era in which earnest pilgrims inundated the holy places, and the monastery prospered from their gifts. The partly restored ruins of a fine Byzantine church are a classic example of the basilica style common at the time; the ruined monastery is higher up the hillside.

Sight Information

Address:

Rte. 92, Kursi, Northern District, Israel

Phone:

04-673–1983

Website: www.parks.org.il

Sight Details:

  • NIS 15
  • Apr.–Sept., Sat.–Thurs. 8–5, Fri. 8–4; Oct.–Mar., daily 8–4. Last entry 1 hr before closing

Published 03/15/2016

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