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Sepphoris, the ancient capital of Galilee in the time of Jesus


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Visiting Sepphoris


Ancient Zippori (Sepphoris)

Sepphoris or Zippori, also called Diocaesaraea and, during the Crusades, Sephory, is a village and an archeological site located in the central Galilee region of Israel, 6 kilometers (3.7 mi) north-northwest of Nazareth. It lies 286 m above sea level and overlooks the Beit Netofa Valley. The site holds a rich and diverse historical and architectural legacy that includes Hellenistic, Jewish, Roman, Byzantine, Islamic, Crusader, Arabic and Ottoman influences.
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  • City facts 

  • Canaanite Zippori in Hebrew Bible and Mishnah 

  • Hellenistic and Hasmonean periods 

  • Herodian, Roman and Byzantine periods 

  • Early Muslim period 

  • Crusader/Ayyubid and Mamluk periods 

  • Ottoman period 

  • British Mandate period 

  • State of Israel 

  • Crusader tower 

  • Roman and Byzantine city 

  • Nile mosaic villa 

  • Dionysus mosaic villa 

  • Byzantine-period synagogue 

  • Excavation history