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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Migdal
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: A unique Holy Land site known as the hometown of Mary Magdalene, located at the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The archaeological site features a complete first century town from the times of Jesus. It is one of Israel´s most recent archaeological discoveries with the best preserved synagogue in the Galilee. Complementary tours of the site are available upon request. The site also features "Duc in Altum" a place for worship and prayer. Magdala is known as a crossroads of Jewish and Christian History, and will soon also feature a guesthouse in opening mid-2018.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a newer archaeological site and may not be well known yet. But it was definitely worth the visit!
Our private tour group of 4 visitors spent two hours here, learning about the ancient town of Magdala where Mary Magdalena, disciple of Jesus, came from.
The site of this town is fascinating, with an ancient synagogue, houses etc. The Magdala Stone that was discovered here is currently on display in Washington, D.C. at the new Museum of the Bible.
Beyond the archeological interests there is a Catholic chapel and faith center that is beautiful and peaceful, right on the Sea of Galilee. We loved that it highlights the women in the Bible through the art works in this center.
Our tour guide was excellent, a young man from South America, who was very intelligent and knowledgeable.
Do not miss going to Magdala!!

Thank gemsi100
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

In the midst of what many might find a religious theme park in some parts of the holy land is the glorious site of Magdala .

It is tucked away behind spectacular green hills springing with flowers and a river on one side whilst the site is lapped by the Sea of Galilee and palm trees .

It is an incredibly peaceful spot with a palpable sense of spirituality . My husband and some others in the group were not religious and they too were entranced by Magdala .

By the careful work on the ancient site is a new white church with some of the most powerful art I have ever seen. All the art celebrates healing and hope .

A group of volunteers help run the site along with a wonderfully enthusiastic priest called father Eamon Kelly who gave shape and form to the project . The whole project has been underway less than a decade I understand .

It was all very uncommercial, unspoilt and had a feeling that the paradise of childhood dreams is in this place .

Take your chance while you can to see this place as it affected many of us far more than any other place we visited.

Thank hcs448student
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The discovery on this site back in 2009 reveals a synagogue where Jesus very well may have taught. In the town thought to be the birth place of Mary Magdalene, the archaeology and history invite discovery and contemplation. In the extremely well thought out church (also called a "spiritual center"), named Duc In Altum, which means "Go into the deep," there are many areas where you can view mosaics or the boat in the chapel and read Scripture, pray, imagine the events that took place here 2,000 years ago, and reflect on the meaning of those events. An extremely spiritual place on our visit.

Thank ccothernII
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Magdala was absolutely phenomenal. My family traveled to Israel for a spiritual pilgrimage through the Holy Land and this place was the most spiritual experience I had the entire trip. Celine, our guide, was brilliant at bringing the first century town to life. She had a perfect blend of history and creative/experiential understanding. I told someone on our tour that Celine was so passionate about her job that it felt like she was discovering all these things for the first time all over again. Excellent guide - I wish we had her as our head guide for every site!
The chapel was stunning, overlooking the Sea of Galilee and beautiful murals on the walls.
Our group went to over 40 sites in the Holy Land in 10 days and this was the best. Thanks Magdala team for an unforgettable experience.

Thank Maddie W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent guides through this ancient city frozen in time from the Roman conquest. Unique mosaic floor tile also found in the High Priest home in Jerusalem. The home of one of Jesus' female disciples. Jesus and the disciples landed here after the feeding of the 4000 and Jesus most likely taught in the synagogue discovered here. The church is beautiful! Be sure and see the downstairs worship area.

Thank pdw007
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