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Jericho (Palestine)

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Introduction

Jericho is a Palestinian city located near the Jordan River in the West Bank. Jericho is a green oasis in the Jordan Valley some 30 kilometres east of Jerusalem, 7 kilometres west of the River Jordan and 10 kilometres north of the Dead Sea. It lies some 260 metres below sea level making it the lowest town in earth.

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History

The town of Jericho is the oldest continuously inhabited town in the world dating back some 10,000 years. Jericho and its surrounding areas are filled with religious, archeological, and natural treasures. Just outside Jericho, the adventurous and eco-loving travelers can enjoy a hike in Wadi Quilt and visit the Church of St. George in Kosiba. Inside Jericho, visitors can tour the ancient remains of Hisham Palace and Tel Esultan (ancient Jericho). Overlooking Jericho is the Mount of Temptation. Take the cable car ride to the summit and enjoy the beautiful panorama of Jericho and the desert from the serenity on the mount. Don’t forget, the Dead Sea is just a few Km away where you also enjoy a dip in the saltiest body of the Water in the World.

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Sights and Activities

  • Wadi al-Qilt: Nature, Culture & Religion[ - The valley is a wonderful place for hiking tours, especially in the winter. The valley stretches from the suburbs of Jerusalem in the west to Jericho and Jordan River in the east.
  • The Jericho Cable Car - Jericho’s famous Cable Car ride which takes visitors to the top of the Mount of Temptation and its caves

Tell Es-Sultan - About 2 kilometres northwest of Jericho, lies Tell es-Sultan or Tel Jericho. Excavation on the site have revealed layers of cities and human habitation dating back to around 9600 – 7700 BC around 10,000 years earning Jericho the name “the Oldest city in the World”.

  • Sycamore Tree - The Sycamore tree is over 2,000 years old and is located at the Al-Jummezeh Square in the City Center. Tradition has it that this is the tree Zacchaeus climbed when Jesus was passing through the town.
  • Qumran and Ein Fashkha - Located some twenty km south of Jericho is Qumran, the site where the famous Dead Sea Scroll were discovered by a Bedouin shepherd Mohammad Al Deeb in 1947.
  • Nabi Musa - Situated on one of the old roads along the Jerusalem and Jordan Valley. This is the site where according to tradition Moses is buried. The Tomb of Nabi Musa (the prophet Moses) has been a site of annual pilgrimage since the time of Salah al-Din.

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Getting There

To get to Jericho from Jerusalem, take bus 63 from the bus station by the Golden walls hotel to Azariya. At the entrance to the town,get out and pick up a serveece to Jericho.Serveeces from Bethlehem to Jericho leave from the Manger Square. From Ramallah servicees again leave from the main station.

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Getting Around

Jericho is the only city in Palestine where cycling is popular. its also possible to walk to at least some sites there. Hiring a Taxi is an optional for the tourist to rub between the tourist sites.

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