A jagged cliff some 200 m aboove ancient Ancient Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee excavated by the late Prof. Y. Hirschfeld in search of the palace of Herod Antipas and his scandalous grand-doughter, princess Berenice. She was the wife of her uncle Herod of Chalkis, later the companion of her brother Agrippa II (Acts 25:13), and later she almost married emperor Titus (!).
Apperently in the Byzantine period the Herodian palace was completly replaced with a Christian church devoted to a stone anchor, either because it was believed to beused once by one of the Disciples, and/or perhaps it symbolised the Christian faith (“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure” (Heb. 6:19).
The church suffered from the severe 749 CE, but was repaired and continued to be in use up to the explusion of the Crusaders in the 13th century.
|Berenice on Wikipedia / Mount Berenice on Hebrew Wikipedia|
|Mount Berenice on Google Maps|
|Mount Berenice Website|
Points of Interest in the Area
|“Tomb of Maimonides”|