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  • Baniyas - the falls, Israel
    Baniyas - the falls, Israel
    by Martin_S.
  • Baniyas - swift waters, Israel
    Baniyas - swift waters, Israel
    by Martin_S.
  • Baniyas - THE waterfall, Israel
    Baniyas - THE waterfall, Israel
    by Martin_S.

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    Shrine to Pan - Columns

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Shrine to Pan, Baniyas, Israel

    Favorite thing: There is little that remains of the shire and its buildings, but just by looking at the top of this column, you can see the intricate detail that must have adorned each and every corner of this shrine.

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    Shrine to Pan - altar area

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Shrine to Pan, Baniyas, Israel

    Favorite thing: This is the altar area the actual Shrine itself. Much of the area was destroyed by an earthquake, which they also say shifted the waterway...when the shire was built it is thought that the source of the spring came directly out of the mountain side at the alter area, today it no longer does.

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    Shrine to Pan - The path

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Shrine to Pan, Israel

    Favorite thing: The path leading to the shrine was designed to lead you over and through the spring waters of the Baniyas Spring, it is a refreshing way to tour, you just step across the small cuts in the stone through which water is being channeled.

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    Shrine to Pan - The waterworks

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Shrine to Pan - The waterfalls, Israel

    Favorite thing: The national park of Baniyas takes it name from the the Hellenistic God PAN, the name Pan is difficult to pronounce in semetic language (Arabic) so got distorted to Ban, thereby the name Baniyas. The approach to the shrine itself is over a series of stone channels where water is made to flow to provide a serene setting stuitable for the god.

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    Baniyas - This is IT.

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Baniyas - THE waterfall, Israel

    Favorite thing: The Baniyas waterfall is the largest waterfall in Israel, both in terms of height and quantity. The water is snow melt from the Golan Heights between Israel and Syria. But when I say "largest", I mean largest in Israel, and in international terms it is small, no, not small, TINY...the waterfall is only a few meters wide and not much higher..and the amount of water that runs through here perd DAY is maybe what runs over Niagara Falls in 1 minute. Sorry don't know exact figures but the beauty of the place speaks much louder than those figures.

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    Baniyas - swift waters

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Baniyas - swift waters, Israel

    Favorite thing: Here is the spot to place yourself on the nearest rock, take off your shoes and dip your toes in the waters of Baniyas. Be prepared for a shock, the water really is ice cold. Do not attempt to swim here, not only is it forbidden but the water is very swift and full of dangerous hidden boulders.

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    Baniyas - getting close

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Baniyas - the falls, Israel

    Favorite thing: This is almost as close as you can get to the falls, more than 30 years ago when I first began going here there were no fences and the "pool" just below the waterfall was open and you could swim here. Today it is forbidden.

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    Baniyas - the final approach

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Baniyas - the final approach, Israel

    Favorite thing: This is the final approach to the waterfall, at this point you can contiune on to the waterfall itself or turn toward the trail that takes you to the Pan Shrine in the neighbouring nature reserve. There is also a roman villa on the way to the Pan Shrine.

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    Shrine to Pan - Alter area detail

    by Martin_S. Written Jun 29, 2005

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    Shrine to Pan, Baniyas, Israel

    Favorite thing: This detail of one of the wall carvings shows what loving work was put into these places, this was carved directly into the rock face of the mountain.

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