Walking through the ruins of Korazim NP you will feel under observation. And this is true :) Quite a lot of Hyrax are roaming the park and call it their home. Compared to many other places where I met these really cute animals, these here were really shy and tried to find cover all the time. Anyway I managed to take some photos of them...more
The Ark of the Law is the place where the Torah Scrolls are kept. The Torah is one of the most important and precious posessions for the Jewish worshipper and therefore requires a precious place. Have a look at the remains of the Ark of the Law which held the Torah Scrolls here in Korazims Synagogue. It must have been very beautiful.more
In the Synagogue you will find several beautiful ornaments. One of them is the Medusa carved into the basalt. In the greek mythology everyone who looked at her turned immediately into stone. Perseus managed to kill her avoiding to look at her. You can look at the ornament without any worries. I did it and did not turn into stone...more
Probably the synagogue was built in the 4th century, in that time many synagogues were built in the region. Its length is 23 meters and its width 17 meters. Notice beautiful artwork on the remains of the building. In it people worshipped but the synagogue also served as a meeting place for the community.more
We found some very beautifully preserved arches in the residential areas and also in the ritual bath area, here are a few examples.As you can see from the 4th picture the columns had carved tops.The last picture shows an overview of one residential area and again you can see the stonehenge type structure there, wonder what that was for.more
Just past the entrance you find the ritual bath, it was to me, different than most in that you did not find the bath with the ritual number of steps leading down into the water. There are also the pillars with caps, sort of like a tiny stonehenge type structure found just below and behind the arch....no explanation about what this was for.more
We visited Korazim with our friend Hrvojka who arrived from Croatia to see a little of our country and this was just one of the spots we enjoyed.We enjoyed stepping into a bit of history here and the Synagogue was the architectural highlight of this visit. The triangular roof part that today sits at the entrance on the floor and the lintel that...more
Usually people will visit here and never see the Hyrax (rock bunny or Shavan HaSela in Hebrew). They are very quiet and reclusive so if you make a sudden movement they disapper into the rocks they enjoy sitting and sleeping on. But if you are very quiet and move very slowly you may be able to approach them close enough to get a photo.
One amazing fact that I discovered was that one of the Hyraxes closest relatives in the animal kingdom is the ELEPHANT...
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