In the first century BCE Samaria was re-founded as “Sebasty” by Herod the Great, and functioned as regional center.
In the Byzantine times a local tradition identified the burial of John the Baptist in Samaria-Sebasty, a tradition kept to this day.
Excavations at the site in the 1910’s and again in the 1930’s uncovered vast evidence of site’s past.
The site is of great historical significance, and very rich in finds, but unfortunately it is in the heart of Samaria, where there is much tension between the Palestinians and the Jewish settlers.
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Points of Interest in the Area
A 360 Degrees photo Inside the Mosque of Sebastia, which was originally built as a Church by the Crusaders