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Gamla

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Gamla (Hebrew:גמלא) is a Nature Reserve and Archaeological Site in the Golan Heights.

Understand

'Gamla' means a "camel" in Hebrew, the name of the hill top location clearly taking its name from a resemblance to a camel's hump.

History

Gamla was the capital of the Golan Heights in the 1st century. In the year 66, along with other Jewish cities in the region, it launched a rebellion against Roman rule. After a siege the city was conquered, and its inhabitants were either killed or threw themselves from the cliff at the edge of the city. Nowadays the city has been partly excavated, and fortifications as well as a synagogue can be seen.

Landscape

Flora and fauna

Climate

Get in

Turn off the Sea of Galilee road at Gamla junction and then take Route 869 to Daliyot junction, turning north after about 2 km. A signposted dirt road leads to the reserve.

Fees/Permits

Get around

See

  • Gamla Nature Reserve [1], open April-September 8am-5pm, October-March 8am-4pm, tel (06) 682 2282, admission adults NIS 23, children NIS 12, groups: adults NIS 19, children NIS 11
  • Gamla - scene of one of the Zealots' last stands against the Roman Empire
  • Gamla Falls - a 50 m high waterfall

Do

  • Birdwatching - the steep and tall cliffs at Gamla form the perfect habitat for Griffin vultures
  • Hike - there are several trails at the site, some of which will be challenging for people who are out of shape or hike rarely.

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