Tel es-Sultan – Jericho

Tel es-Sultan, also known as ancient Jericho, is a set of ruins directly across from Elisha’s Spring and is the site of the ancient city. Jericho is the lowest city in the world (250m below sea level), and thought the be the world’s oldest city (supposedly dating back to the 8th millennium BCE). The ruins show many different layers of ancient walls and structures that reveal cities built on top of cities on top of cities. Of course Jericho was made famous by Joshua’s siege on the city, when the sun stood still and where he surrounded the city and sounded horns to bring down the walls.

What I thought was going to be the highlight of the trip was actually the least impressive. The ruins itself do not show much and the entire park is not as grand as other archaeological sites in the region. It took us about 30 minutes to walk through the whole site. It however offers great views of the monastery (and made me wish I had stayed longer there) and the modern city.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on February 27, 2011.

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