Mansur-El-Aqab Byzantine Ruin
In the nature park outside Ramat Ha-Nadiv -
(see my tip: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/d29d6/1a0f74/4/), there are a few hiking trails. One of them (marked in red) leads west, to the Byzantine ruin of Mansur-El-Aqab.
The location is impressive, at the edge of the Carmel mountain south-western slope, overlooking the coastal plain. You can see banana plantations right below you on the plain, the bird sanctuary of Maagan Michael and its fish ponds, the Arab village of Jissr-A-Zarka, the villas of Caesarea and the houses of Or Akiva, with Hadera in the distance.
The partially reconstructed ruin is of a Byzantine farmhouse, originally a vaulted two-storey structure. The ruin was first discovered by a British archeological survey delegation in the 1870s, and was excavated between 1984-1987. There are findings from the Second Temple (Roman) period, when Mansur-El-Aqab formed part of the agricultural hinterland of the prosperous Caesarea, with oil and wine presses and a threshing floor; from the Byzantine period (4th-7th century AD) and from the Middle Ages.
The trail to Mansur-El-Aqab is part of the Israel Trail ("Shvil Yisrael"):
And my tip: http://members.virtualtourist.com/m/te/1e2e7e/5808fbc06552fc461d8ff7cd9aa69d5b/
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
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This is an artists village with many statues everywhere , beautiful houses , small and narrow streets and beautiful view to the Mediterranean Sea.