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From a distance you can see the church on a high hill overlooking Abu-Ghosh, topped by a white statue of the Madonna and Child.
This is the Church of Our Lady of the Arc of Covenant, commemorating the story from the Old Testament: The Philistines, who captured the Arc of Covenant from the Israelites in battle, finally returned it to the Israelites, and then for 20 years the Holy Arc remained in Kiriat-Ye'arim, in the home of Avinadav. The site of Our Lady of the Arc of Covenant is believed to be the biblical Kiriat-Ye'arim.
Today there is a convent (belonging to the French nun order of St. Josef de l'Apparition) and an impressive church, which is home to the Abu-Gosh Liturgical Festival; the monastery also served as a military hospital during the 1948 War of Independence. The church is surrounded by a beautiful garden, and there are great views towards the village of Abu-Ghosh, the Judean Hills and Jerusalem.
Written Jun 20, 2009
Address: On a hill above Abu Gosh.
The Crusaders Church is located in the village itself, right next to the famous Abu Shukri hummus joint. The gate is usaully closed, but once you ring the bell they will open it for you. Inside you will find a charming little church and a beautiful garden. The priest in charge of the place is one of the nicest I've ever met. He will take you on a tour of the place and and tell you about its history. Do not forget to visit the crypt of the church. And, when you're done just relax in the garden...
See more of the church and garden in the travelogue.
Updated Jul 10, 2005
Twice a year, at Sukkot (a week long Jewish holiday, a few days after Yom Kippur) and Shavuot (the Jewish Pentecost, 7 weeks after Passover), there is a liturgic music festival right here in Abu Ghaush. The churces are home to choirs from all over the world and there are visitors from all over Israel. If you happen to be in the area for the event and you like music, this is a must.
Updated Jul 2, 2005
Overlooking the village and the valley there is the church of virgin Mary. You get there by driving up a little path to the top of the hill. Here you will find a chraming garden with great views to all directions and this cute little church, home of the annual liturgical music festival.
Written Jul 2, 2005
"The original Abu Shukri's humus started in a small restaurant in the Old City of Jerusalem, with a recipe that was passed from father to son, and is religiously adhered to in its new residence in Abu Gosh": This is what the sign inside the restaurant says.
There are various claims to Abu Shukri's legendary recipe and tradition, with at least two of them in Abu Gosh, waging a "humus war" between them. This Abu Shukri's now goes under the peculiar name of: "Humus Abu Shukri Yalla Sulha Ltd."
I don't know whose claim to the original name is more justified, but what I do know is that the humus we had in this restaurant was very good. It comes in different variations: with and without whole chickpea grains, with tehina, with minced meat, with mushrooms or with fava beans. Besides humus you can get all the traditional Middle Eastern salads and starters, and the usual meat dishes (shish-kebab. chicken, lamb).
The restaurant is located near the top of the hill in Abu gosh, and there is a nice view of the village down below. There is indoor and outdoor seating. The disadvantage of this restaurant is the terrible acoustics inside, which make it noisier than you would expect.
Favorite Dish: Abu Shukri's humus!
Updated Jan 22, 2011
If you want to dine in a restauarant in the Jerusalem area on Saturdays, Abu Gosh is the natural choice, located a safe distance away from the religious restrictions imposed on the Holy City on the Sabbath. Once in Abu Gosh, the Lebanese Restaurant is a good option; good food, reasonable selection of Middle Eastern dishes with a Lebanese flavor, although the menu lacks some of the more unique dishes of the Lebanese cuisine. The various humus dishes and other starters are tasty, and so are the skewered chicken and the lamb kebab.
The prices are very reasonable, and the setting of this garden restaurant is pleasant. There is also ample parking, which is no small thing in the crowded village of Abu Gosh.
As for the down side:
- We tried to make a reservation on a busy Saturday (otherwise what is the phone number they provide good for?), but we were told that they do not take reservations and we just have to come and queue up until a table is available.
- There were numerous waiters who efficiently served the dishes and cleared the tables, but only one head waiter was autorized to take orders (!), which created a bottleneck.
- As expected in a family restaurant, there were quite many noisy kids and babies.
Updated Nov 28, 2009
Address: 88 Hashalom Street, Abu Gosh
Caravan restaurant is a middle eastern restaurant in the middle of Abu Ghaush with a beautiful view to the mountains.
This is the only good thing i can say about the reataurant.
The service was one of the lousiest i saw in such kind of restaurant (should be quick).
We waited a lot for the food , a young 3 years old kid waited for his food for 30 minutes and after everyone finished their dished he still didnt get his food (but we gave him from our plates).
The food wasnt bad but wasnt good either.
The dishes are very expensive and small.
Favorite Dish: The kebab was fair and not more.
Updated May 16, 2009
Address: Derech Hashalom 27 Abu Ghaush
On the highway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem not far from Jerusalem lies Abu Ghaush, which is famous for the best humus in Israel. There are apparently 3 "original" restaurant all shooting off the actual original restaurant that made the name for the village.
We went to the one apparently called "Lebanese Food Restaurant", at least that is the only English I could see. The restaurant is large with outside seating and with wooden tables and chairs, and the food is reasonalby cheap and very delightfull. Apparently it is completely packed on Fridays and Saturdays and queues form outside. On the Sunday night we visited it was less than half full and there were plenty of parking.
Favorite Dish: The favorite has to be the humus dish we had. It was a circle of normal humus with a humus like paste in the middle made of sesame and pinje seeds (I am led to believe). For main course we had sish kebab spears which were also very good.
Updated May 15, 2008
Simply called the "Lebanese Restaurant", this place has been there for YEARS and people still fill it up on the weekends.
Favorite Dish: If you are unfamiliar with the foods try them all. The Hummus is especially delicious.
Written Sep 20, 2007
The entire village of Abu Ghaush is full with restaurants. Each one has its own favourite. For me, it's the Lebanese restaurant in the entrance to the village. If you sit outside, under the mulberry tree, you will have great views of the valley.
Favorite Dish: The ultimate dish is stuffed chicken. The chicken is stuffed with rice spiced with cinnamon. This is a traditional Arabic combination but you cannot find it everywhere. Most of the Arab restaurant will stick to the ordinary kebab or shish kebab.
Written Jul 2, 2005
Address: 88 Ha-Shalom st., Abu Ghaush
Phone: (02) 533-5561
Website: http://rest.co.il/RestsSites/RestCard.asp?RID=2210 (Hebrew only)