Abu Ghaush Travel Guide

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Abu Ghaush Things to Do

  • church of Notre Dame

    The church of Notre Dame (full title is Our Lady of the Ark of the Covenant) is a nice small church on the highest point of Abu Ghosh overlooking the town and the valley. We didn’t visit it but took pictures of it in the evening from a view point outside Abu Ghosh but we could clearly see the large roof-top statue of Virgin Mary on top carrying the...

  • Akhmad Kadyrov mosque

    This is the biggest mosque in Israel! It was started to built in 2011 and completed in 2014 covering 4,000 sq meters (replacing a small one that was only 150 sq meters!). It was named after the Chechen president Akhmad Kadyrov who donated the money for the erection of the mosque (total cost over 35 million nis)We didn’t visit the mosque but took...

  • Notre-Dame de l'Arche d'Alliance

    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,...

  • Crusaders Church

    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...

  • Liturgic Music Festival

    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...

  • Virgin Mary Church

    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.


Abu Ghaush Restaurants

  • Humus with a Reputation

    "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...

  • Good Middle Eastern Dining in Abu Gosh

    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,...

  • Arab food on the highway to Jerusalem

    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...


Abu Ghaush Transportation

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    by mindcrime Written Aug 22, 2014

    10km West of Jerusalem on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway

    By car
    We drove there by car but we didn’t really stopped as we kept going up to check the view points over the village. There was no much traffic around but I've been told it gets packed during busy days when people come for the restaurants.

    By bus
    Although its located in between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv the buses from these 2 cities go directly on highway 1, they don’t stop at Abu Ghosh.
    SUPERBUS runs Bus 185 (ride takes about 17’) from Jerusalem to Abu Ghoshwith many buses through out the day.
    There’s no bus from Tel Aviv.

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