Ancient Tiberias was founded by Herod Antipas in 20 CE on the westwern shores of the Sea of Galilee, and was named after emperor Tiberius . After the conquest and destruction of Jeruaslem in 70 CE, Tiberias developed to be the biggest and most important Jewish center in the Holy Land. A good example of a Jewish synagogue from that period can be seen at Hamat Tiberias . In Tiberias the “Jerusalem” Talmud was compiled, The Sanhedrin‘s station was in Tiberias, and later in Tiberias diacritics for Hebrew writing was developed (“Tiberian Hebrew” ). Excavavtions at ancient Tiberias uncovered various remains from Classical to Crusaders times.
Modern Tiberias is built over its mediavel remains, and combines hotels, restaurants and pedestrian malls amidst synagogues such as Abulafia Synagogue . In and around the city are also traditional tomb marks of various figures related to Jewish history, such as – Tomb of Rachel, Tiberias , “Tomb of Maimonides” , “Tomb of Rabbi Akiva“ , “Tomb of Rabbi Me’ir Ba’al Hanes” , and the “Tomb of the Matriarchs” .
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Tiberias is located on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee , and is about 2 hours drive from Tel-Aviv
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Points of Interest in the Area
|Tomb of Maimonides|
|Day Tour of the Galilee|