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Magdala was a prosperous fishing village on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, 5 km north of Tiberias.  In 67 CE however it was conquered by the Romans and later abandoned.

migdal stone

In the 1970’s the Franciscans started excavating at the site, also in hope to find evidence related to Mary Magdalene wikipedia s, who was a native of Magdala. Excavations at the site were renewed in 2009 by the  “Magdala CenterChrome-Icon project, and various remains were made.

The most famous discovery at the site are the remains of a 1st century CE synagogue, whose main whole contained a big slab of stone decorated with enigmatic symbols. 


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wikipe Magdala on Wikipedia ; Magdala Synagogue on Wikipedia
tripadvisor Magdala on Tripadvisor
google-maps Migdal Ancient Synagogue on Google Maps
Chrome-Icon Magdala Archaeological Project ; Magdala Archaeology ProjectMagdala Center
Chrome-Icon Magdala in my “Archaeology of Christian Sites” Article Series


Points of Interest in the Area

magdala-6 “Duc in Altum” Church
 jesus boat Sea of Galilee Boat
 tiberias Ancient Tiberias