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Introduction

Nablus is a city in the northern West Bank of Palestine, approximately 48 kilometres north of Jerusalem, (63 kilometeres by road), with a population of about 130,000. Nablus is situated between Mount Ebal and Mount Garizim. As one of Palestine’s largest cities, Nablus has lots to offer. Famous of its sweets, traditional olive oil soap and busy markets, Nablus is also home to many of Palestine’s industries and commerce. Among the main attractions in Nablus are Jacob’s Well and the Old City of Nablus. The areas in and around Nablus are filled with sites to visit. The Palestinian village of Sebastia lies some 12 kilometres north of Nablus. Other major Palestinian cities such as Jenin, Tulkarem and Qalqilya are also near Nablus in the north of the country. Nablus’ rich history lies in its Old City with its distinct stone facades, beautiful architecture, narrow streets and old urban spaces. The population of the old city today number around 20,000. There are two churches, twelve mosques and a Samaritan synagogue in around the densely populated residential areas.

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Neighbourhoods

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Sights and Activities

  • Jacob’s Well - The 35 meter deep well stands in the land that Jacob bought from Hanor for a “hundred pieces of silver” (Genesis 33:19).
  • Mount Gerizim and The Samaritans - Mount Gerizim rises over 500 meters above the ancient city of Flavia Neapolis (Nablus). The mountain has a special sanctity for the last Samaritan community, custodian of the most ancient religious tradition in Palestine and indeed the entire Middle East.
  • Sebastya - Around 12 kilometres northwest of Nablus up on the scenic slopes of the Nablus hills stands the village of Sabastya, the site of the ancient city of Samaria.
  • Tell Balata - The village of Balata, a suburb of Nablus lies on the Tell Balata hill. The houses of village occupy nearly one third of the Hill.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

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Getting There

To reach Nablus from the southern half of the West Bank or from Jerusalem, you'll have to make your way to the main bus station in the center of Ramallah and catch a bus from there.

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Getting Around

Most sites in Nablus are within walking distance, especially those within the Old city area. Taxis within the city area can be picked up from below the vast building north of Dawwar Nablus.

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Drink

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Work

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Keep Connected

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

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