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Magdala was a prosperous fishing village on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee, 5 km north of Tiberias. But in 67 CE Magdala 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. 


Magdala ( Aramaic: מגדלא / Magdala, meaning “tower”; Hebrew: מגדל / Migdal; Arabic: المجدل / al-Majdal) was an ancient city on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, 3 miles (4.8 km) north of Tiberias.

tripadvisor Magdala on Tripadvisor

Points of Interest in the Area

duc in altum “Duc in Altum” Church
 boat of the galilee Sea of Galilee Boat
  Ancient Tiberias
Galilee christian tour Day tour of the Galilee

Book a Private Tour to the Magdala

Magdala is located on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee, some 5 km north of Tiberias , it is about 2.5 hours drive from Tel-Aviv, and takes 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 Galilee, that will also include the site of Magdala.