Glimpses of Israel - Katzrin

Located 13kms northeast of Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) and situated between two of the most picturesque riverbeds in the region, Katzrin is considered the capital of the Golan.

According to ancient Jewish sources, Katzrin grew and prospered for several centuries, peaking during the 4th to the 7th centuries. However, the village was mostly destroyed by an earthquake in 746CE. Under Muslim rule the village gradually declined, and was eventually abandoned until its recent restoration.

Remains of the village were first uncovered in 1967 following the discovery of a synagogue and a gravestone with a Hebrew inscription. Today, Katzrin boasts a population of more than 5,000. A modern park is home to the reconstructed synagogue and an olive press, which once supplied the Temple in Jerusalem.

The Golan Archaeological Museum, next to the city's commercial centre, presents a vast array of remarkable finds.

Visitors will enjoy the many sights and parks in the region. Just over 5kms south from Katzrin is the 16,500-acre (6,600 hectares) Yehudiya Forest Nature Reserve with its large evergreen trees, gentle slopes, flowing rivers and waterfalls.