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Kursi National Park Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Huddling under the imposing cliffs of Golan Heights, where Route 789 climbs away from 92, this place is linked with the New Testament story of a man possessed by demons. Jesus exorcised the spirits, causing them to enter a herd of swine grazing nearby, which then "rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and perished in the waters" (Matthew 8:32). Fifth-century Byzantine Christians identified the event with this spot and built a monastery. It was an era in which earnest pilgrims inundated the holy places, and the monastery prospered from their gifts. The partly restored ruins of a fine Byzantine church are a classic example of the basilica style common at the time; the ruined monastery is higher up the hillside.

Religious Building/Site/Shrine Ruins Park (National/State/Provincial)

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Rte. 92
Kursi, Northern District  Israel

04-673–1983

www.parks.org.il

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Rate Includes: NIS 14

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