Ancient Shiloh

Destinations in Israel

Ancient Shiloh was a religiously significant city in Samaria that was Israel’s spiritual center during the times of the Judges. Dating back over 4,000 years; the ancient city was first settled in the 18th century BC (Middle Bronze II) and became the first capital of the Israelite Kingdom. Ancient Shiloh was also the site of the Tabernacle (Mishkan) and housed the Ark of Covenant; Altar of Incense; Table of Showbread, and Golden Lampstand until King Solomon built the First Holy Temple in Jerusalem. 

In This Photo: The Reconstructed Building of the Byzantine Era

Ancient Shiloh: History and Archeology 

Situated 25 miles from Jerusalem in the West Bank; Shiloh is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament and is one of the most important heritage sites in Israel. Jews performed aliyah l’regel (pilgrimage) to ancient Shiloh for 369 years until the Ark of the Covenant was stolen by the Philistines and the city was destroyed. 

In This Photo The Interior of the Reconstructed Building of the Byzantine Era

An impressive array of archeological items has been uncovered at the site. In fact, some dating back to 1750 BCE; including Tel Shiloh which had artifacts from the Canaanite and Israelite eras. Remains from the Roman and Persian as well as Early and Late Muslim periods have been discovered; including glacis; pottery; weapons; and other objects. 

Modern-day Shiloh was established in 1978 on the south and east side of Tel Shiloh and the ancient site and features a beautiful synagogue built to resemble the ancient Mishkan (tabernacle).

Visiting Ancient Shiloh

Today, Shiloh is sacred to three religions – Jewish, Christian, and Muslim – and is a popular destination for pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. 

The ruins of Shiloh are part of an archaeological park known as “Ancient Shiloh” and offer several fascinating experiences for visitors. The park is home to several historic structures and archaeological remains that shouldn’t be missed. For example, the site of the Tabernacle; the Dome of the Divine Presence; and a Byzantine Basilica, and an open pool. Other interesting remains include a mosque from the Ottoman period known as Jamia el Yeteim; which features beautifully preserved mosaics, a fortified Roman building, an olive press, and two wine presses. 

In This Photo: Archaeological Excavations

So located on the bottom of the new Seer’s Tower is the Days of Shiloh museum, which boasts fascinating displays of archaeological discoveries found at the site, such as Shiloh inscriptions, pottery, and jars, and other artifacts. 

Likewise, you can enjoy a captivating light and sound show that gives a unique insight into life in the days of the Tabernacle in Shiloh; as well as archeological digs and tours; and crafting workshops.


Hi! My name is Arik Haglili, an Israeli native who decided to dedicate his life to share my knowledge about the Holy Land to those that are interested to know more about this amazing piece of land. My career as a private tour guide started at the International School For the Studying of the Holocaust and the rest is history. 

Did you know the Hoopoe is Israel's national bird?! For more cool info about Israel, join our ever growing community and get exclusive travel tips, and giveaways!

Ancient Bethel


Susita National Park (Hippos)

Perched on top of a hill, overlooking the Sea of Galilee, there you have Susita National Park! The site protects the important archaeological site known ...

Tel Dor National Park

Let's Get to know Tel Dor National Park! The park is a unique spot along Israel's shoreline with a breathtaking view and rich history!

Church of All Nations

The Church of All Nations (Church of the Agony) in Jerusalem enshrines the bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest.

The Herodian Quarter

The Herodian Quarter is a museum in the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem. It's a magnificent neighborhood that stood during King Herod's reign.

Hazor National Park

This is very interesting story

Mount Bental

Mount Bental is an excellent vantage point towards Syria, the slopes of Mount Hermon and the rest of the Golan Heights. Let's go exploring!

German Colony

The German Colony, known in Hebrew as HaMoshava HaGermanit; is one of Jerusalem's most popular neighborhoods and a must-see in Jerusalem.

The Small Crater

The Small Crater (HaMakhtesh HaKatan in Hebrew) is a geological erosional crater in the Negev Desert. One of five erosion Makhtesh in Israel, and seven ...

El-Jazzar Mosque

The el-Jazzar Mosque, also known as the White Mosque, is located on el-Jazzar Street inside the walls of the old city of Acre.

My Go-To National Parks in the Negev

What are my go-to National Parks in the Negev? So the Negev is vast and truly has amazing attractions you can visit. Read this post for more!

Need help?

Skip to content