Mount Carmel – Haifa

Mount Carmel (in Hebrew, Har HaKarmel) is a large mountain range in the north of Israel, near the Mediterranean. Many towns are built on its slopes, including Haifa. Mt. Carmel has a tradition of being a sacred religious site, most notably for its association with Elijah (see previous post), who challenges the prophets of Baal on/near the summit. It is also a sacred place for the Bahá’í faith (see previous previous post), as it is where the Shrine of Báb is located, and where Bahá’u’lláh was imprisoned.

We started from Elijah’s Cave and hiked up to the top of part of the range. There we briefly visited the Stella Maris Church (1), a lighthouse (4), and were treated to great views of Haifa Bay (2, 5).

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~ by jonathanmtsai on April 13, 2011.

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