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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”.

The 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.


Book a Private Tour to Emmaus Nicopolis

Emmaus Nicopolis is on the side of the road between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv  , near Latrun Junction.

Contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of Shefelah, that will also include a visit to Emmaus-Nicopolis.




Points of Interest in the Area

yad lashiryon Yad La-Shiryon
 beth shemesh reservoir Beth Shemesh
 abu gosh church Abu-Gosh Crusaders period church 
burma road Day tour to the Shfelah