Postcard from Israel: Tsippori

Perched on top of one of the limestone Galilee hills, with wonderful views as far as Haifa to the West, the ancient town of Tsippori (Sepphoris) dates at least from the seventh century BCE and was developed by the Hasmonean king Alexander Yannai in the second century BCE.  Described by Josephus as ‘the ornament of the Galilee’, it was the administrative capital of the region in the first century, hosted the Sanhedrin in the third century and was home to Rabbi Yehuda Hanassi.

Tsippori’s archaeological attractions include the synagogue –probably dating from the earlier half of the fifth century – with its impressive mosaic floor which features the signs of the zodiac alongside depictions of Jewish festivals such as Shavuot and stories from the Torah.

For more information on the zodiac floor in this and other ancient synagogues, see here.

Roman, Byzantine and Crusader era remains are also to be seen, including mosaic-floored villas and public buildings, a 4,500 seat Roman theatre, a Crusader citadel which is today a museum, Crusader-era churches and the cardo with its mosaic pavements and chariot wheel ruts still visible.

For more on the history of Tsippori, see here and here. 

All photos taken by Israelinurse

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  1. Beautiful pictures, IN. Why don’t we hear from you at HP any more? I miss your insightful comments.

    • Alex if you must fabricate connections so that you can post links to your propaganda, can you at least attempt to make them look convincing.

      Your current attempts are very amateurish and slovenly.

        • “i learned from the best!!”

          Self-evidently you did not.

          By the way it is bad enough that you distort history, facts and logic please do not mangle the English language as well.

          • When I said I learned from the best, I was talking about this site. A first-class education in propaganda.

            Many thanks.

  2. Gorgeous. Duvidl is going there asap to soothe his soul. Especially enchanting is the face of the Jewish cavalryman, which reminds Duvidl of a yeshive bocher (seminary student) he saw in the street last week. Chag Sameach.

  3. Thank you, Vildechaye – that’s very sweet of you. I’m afraid I’ve just been so preoccupied lately with real life stuff (funerals, weddings and the like) that some things have had to take a back seat.