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Tzippori National Park

National Park in Israel

Tzippori National Park, also known as just “Sepphoris” is located midway between the Mediterranean Sea and the Sea of Galilee. Just a few kilometers north of Nazareth, Tzippori National Park looks over the Beit Netofa Valley. Long ago, Tzippori was the capital of Galilee and was considered a gem of the region. Throughout time, Tzippori was a center for the Hellenistic, Jewish; Roman; Byzantine; Islamic; Crusader; Arab; and Ottoman empires; as well, it played an essential role in both Jewish and the Christian religion.

In This Photo: “Mona Lisa of the Galilee”, 4th-Century Roman Mosaic in Sepphoris

More About This Unique Park

While it has been many years since people called this region home; it is now a gorgeous national park beloved by historians; archaeologists, and nature lovers alike. I highly suggest taking advantage of the beautiful weather of the spring and summer months to explore this national park on a private tour. Moreover, Tzippori National Park will allow you to unplug from everyday life’s monotony and immerse yourself in a region steeped with history; religion, and natural beauty. 

Interesting Traditions About Sepphoris National Park 

It is said that Tzippori was the home of Anne and Joachim; the parents of Mary, the mother of Jesus. It is also believed that Mary was born in Tzippori. Evidence found by archaeologists back up the belief that Christianity played a role in Tzippori. During excavations of the area, they found a 5th-century basilica honoring Mary’s birth and two Christian churches. Most archaeological findings date back to the Roman and Byzantine periods.

In This Photo: The Roman Vila Where the “Mona Lisa of the Galilee”, 4th-Century Roman Mosaic in Sepphoris

Since excavation began in 1931, led by Leroi Waterman, they have uncovered many miraculous discoveries. One such discovery is more than 40 mosaic floors that decorated private residences, public buildings, and even some sidewalks. They also found the foundations of a Crusader fortress, an ancient water system, and part of a Roman theater. Many more delightful finds have been excavated over the decades, and just waiting for you to explore. 

In This Photo: The Main Street (Cardo Maximus) of Sephhoris in the Roman Period

Beyond the beautiful archaeology, the Tzippori National Park (Sepphoris) features an incredible ecosystem. Located in the center of valleys to the east and west and forests to the north and south; this area represents a unique home to fauna. In fact, animals of all shapes and sizes call this park home; from the Cairo spiny mouse to the golden jackal. Some of the most prominent animals in the park are reptiles.

In This Photo: Part of the Mosaic Floor Found at the Byzantine Synagogue at Sepphoris

One exceptionally rare reptile that lives here is Guther’s cylindrical skink. In more plentiful numbers, you can also find the Mediterranean house gecko, the Lebanon lizard, Dahl’s whip snake, and the Caspian turtle. Just be careful not to stray too far from the path because you don’t want to step on one of these creatures accidentally.

In This Photo: The Roman Theatre and the Crusader Fort on Top

Tzippori National Park Opening Hours:

Reserve entrance closes one hour before cited closing time

Summer hours:

Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 – 08:00

Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 – 08:00

Winter hours:

Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 – 08:00

Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 – 08:00

Holiday eves: 13:00 – 08:00

Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 – 08:00

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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. 

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