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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.

emmaus nicopolis bath houseIn 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.

Emmaus Nicopolis

Emmaus Nicopolis (lit. “Emmaus City of Victory”)( Greek: Ἀμμαοῦς)( Hebrew: אמאוס), was the Roman name for one of the towns associated with the Emmaus of the New Testament, where Jesus is said to have appeared after his death and resurrection.


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Book a Private Tour to the Emmaus “Nicopolis”

Emmaus-Nicpolos is in the Half way between Jerusalem and Tel-Aviv and takes about 1 hour to explore.

Since I only offer full day tours, I recommend to contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of Jerusalem, that will also include Emmaus-Nicopolis.