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Introduction

Touring in the Galilee

Sit in the shade of an ancient olive tree, walk along a cobblestone lane, and bask in the rich history of this fascinating land.

About the Galilee
The Galilee is not a large region. A mere 100 kilometers separate its northern border, the peak of Mount Hermon, from its southernmost boundary along the Jezreel Plain, the site of biblical Armageddon.
Its eastern boundary, on the far edge of the Galilee plateau, is only 70 kilometers from the Mediterranean Sea in the west. These 7,000 square kilometers encompass amazingly beautiful and contrasting scenery: mountains and valleys, fertile plateaus and stark cliffs, and a glimmering seacoast.
In the Beginning
The Galilee’s history starts with the beginning of agriculture. It was here that prehistoric hunter-gatherers discovered the secret of raising crops. The earliest remains of settlements in the Galilee date back four millennia. Canaanites, Israelites, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, and Crusaders, all left their mark on the region. For thousands of years, the Galilee was the gateway to the East. Soldiers, adventurers, and tradesmen, set out to seek the silks of China, the spices of India, and other sought-after goods. Legendary historical figures such as Richard the Lionheart, Marco Polo, Louis IX, and Napoleon made their way through its thoroughfares

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