Susita,the City of Hippos in the Gholan Heights of Israel

The countryside is littered with barbedwire and danger landmine signs
The countryside is littered with barbed-wire and danger landmine signs

Early Sunday morning, 1 of January the 3 of us headed up to Susita- an excavation site on the top of a mountain close by. We drove past a UN truck and along some more danger landmine signs all the way there.

Looking down over the valley from Susita
Looking down over the valley from Susita
Looking East over the valleys and mountains
Looking East over the valleys and mountains
I was too scared to test if the warnings about landmines were valid..
I was too scared to test if the warnings about landmines were valid..
The city of Hippos, also known well as Susita
The city of Hippos, also known well as Susita

The city of Hippos, also known well as Susita, was founded on this hill overlooking the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee during the Hellenistic period in the second century BCE. The first residents of the city were pagans who later converted to Christianity. At their side lived a small Jewish community as well. Most of the ruins visible today date to the Roman and Byzantine periods.

Ruins is all that is left of Susita
Ruins is all that is left of Susita
This now Ruined city must have been filled with columns
This now Ruined city must have been filled with columns
Walking through the Ruins and looking out over the valley
Walking through the Ruins and looking out over the valley

The city was apparently destroyed by an earthquake in 749 CE and was never resettled. During Israel’s war of independence in 1948, members of Kibuts En-Gev, located at the foot of the hill, took control of Susita. It served as a front-line military command post until the six day war in 1967.

Cherry blossoms among the Ruins!
Cherry blossoms among the Ruins!
Looking out over the whole Sea of Galilee from the top of the mountain
Looking out over the whole Sea of Galilee from the top of the mountain
Loved looking out over the Sea of Galilee with my 2 travel buddies
Loved looking out over the Sea of Galilee with my 2 travel buddies

We sat and looked out over the whole Sea of Galilee from the top of the mountain, just amazing!

Driving down the Mountain to the Sea of Galilee
Driving down the Mountain to the Sea of Galilee

 

Stopped in Ein Gedi right next to the Sea of Galilee for Coffee
Stopped in Ein Gedi right next to the Sea of Galilee for Coffee

We had a lovely coffee in Ein Gedi right next to the waterfront for lunch.

Had a cup of lovely Mint tea after my coffee!!
Had a cup of lovely Mint tea after my coffee!!
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