Every time you travel Galilee and Nazareth, do not forget to end the day by watching the sunset on Mount Precipice. Convenient hiking trails, the most beautiful lookout on the Armageddon Valley, a stunning overlook on Mount Tavor and the sunset over the Carmel Ridge inspire the soul, calm the mind and open the heart. Feel the moment.Translated with Google Translate
Mount Precipice is one of the highest mountains of the Nazareth ridge. The height of this mountain is 397 meters above the level of the Mediterranean Sea, and it is one of the highest peaks of the Lower Galilee. According to the Gospel of Luke, Jesus came to this mountain surrounded by a crowd. It happened after people drove him out of the synagogue, where he said that the prophecy about the coming of the Messiah came true on him. Enraged by Jesus' words, the people of Nazareth led him to the top of this mountain and tried to throw him into the gap. Convicting the Jews in their disbelief on him, Jesus passed among them and left. Already in the eleventh century, this mountain was associated with the gospel story. The Crusaders called this mountain the hill of the jump because they believed that Jesus jumped into the valley and remained unharmed.
Christian and Jewish communities from Canada donated money for the tourist arrangement of this place. At the highest point of the hill, they planted an olive tree as a symbol of eternal life and as a tree symbolizing Galilee. The sunsets behind a distant mountain range. These hills are the ridge of Mount Carmel. Between the crest of Mount Carmel and the mountains of Galilee lies the Megido Valley. This valley will become the Armageddon valley, where, according to prophecies, the last battle of the sons of light and sons of darkness will take place. The name Armageddon comes from two words in Hebrew. Har - which means a mountain or a hill and Megido - the name of an ancient city on the slopes of the Menashe Highlands, which are the low-pitched southern continuation of the ridge of Mount Carmel.
The eastern part of the Megiddo Valley extends south of Mount Precipice. The Hebrew name of this valley is Jezreel, and it's derived from two Hebrew verbal roots. Zera means Hebrew seed. El means god. Together, Zera and El form Jezreel, which means God will give a seed or harvest. This valley is the oldest fertile valley in the Holy Land. Many agricultural settlements are located in this valley. They began to appear at the beginning of the twentieth century when Jewish pioneers began to buy lands of the valley and cultivate them.
Mount Tavor is a lonely high mountain in the eastern part of the Jezreel Valley. This mountain has always been the watchtower of the valley. Tavor was fortified and used as a warning mountain for the whole of Galilee during the time of the Second Temple. Christians call it the Mount of Transfiguration. At the top of the mount, Jesus appeared before the apostles in divine light. Moses and Elijah the Prophet appeared next to Jesus. This event showed the followers of Jesus the divine ties between Moses, Elijah, and Jesus as a Messia. In the Middle Ages, a massive Crusader fortress was built on Mount Tavor. Today the church and a monastery are in it.
You can return to the parking lot along a short hiking trail. This trail runs through a beautiful coniferous forest. You will catch stunning views along the trail, be prepared to make cool shots.
Hiking trails of various lengths and difficulties run along the slopes of the mountain. On the western slope, archaeologists have discovered a cave with the skeletons of Neanderthals. Karst caves hide in the thickness of the cliff. Along the trail, you can see large sharp stones that seem like huge boulders. These are not boulders. These stones are part of the surface of the rock corroded by the rains. The process of leaching of limestone rock and the formation of voids in the cliff is named Karst.
Sand and dust accumulate in the cracks of the rock surface, in the channels of limestone rock washed by the rains. This fertile soil allows cyclamen to bloom. Cyclamen bulb is a treat for wild pigs. It is not without reason that cyclamen grows precisely in narrow rock cracks. In the stone shelter of the cyclamen, the bulb is not reachable for wild boars. If you look closely, you can see scratches from the fangs of a wild boar on the stones. This is clear evidence of how cyclamen uses not only fertile soil in a stone crack but also the rock itself as a reliable shelter.
In 2009, Israeli administration created a natural amphitheater on the mountain, which became the venue for celebrations during the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the Holy Land. Convenient walking paths and beautiful views quickly became popular, and many people began to visit this place. Sunset is the most suitable time to visit the observation point.