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Emmaus Nicopolis

emmaus tourEmmaus Nicopolis was a city established in Hellenistic times, apperently because of its hot springs which also gave it its name (“Emmaus” for Aramaic – “Hammath” – warm).

In the third century CE its name was extended to “Emmaus Nicpolis” – “Emmaus, city of victory”.

emmaus nicopolis bath houseThe city lost its importance after the Muslim conquest in the 7th century,but under the name “Imwas”, the site was populated until 1967.

The Gospel of Luke (24:13-31) records Jesus appearing at Emmause after his resurrection. In the Byzantine period a church commemorated this event at the southern part of the city.

In the Crusaders period the location of Emmaus was suggested to be at Abu-Gosh  or Al-Qubeiba, yet the Byzantine church at Emmaus-Nicopolis was reconstructed.

The site is maintained since 1993 by the Catholic Community of the Beatitudes.

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