Deir Aziz (“Monastery of Aziz”) is a site located 4 mi. [6.5 km.] east of the Sea of Galilee on the north side of a wadi that flows into the Nahal Qanaf. There is a very powerful spring at Deir Aziz and the remains of a prominent synagogue that dates to the Talmudic/Byzantine Period.
View looking down, southwest at the interior of the synagogue. The woman in the image is sitting near the south wall of the synagogue. On the upper right note the stairs that lead down into the synagogue.
The synagogue was first built during the sixth century AD and was evidently destroyed in the earthquake of AD 749. The scattered remains are from the synagogue and subsequent usage.
The door on the far side is the entrance to the synagogue from the east. On the left (north) side of the image notice the three-tiered bench and behind it the plastered wall. Above the wall notice the projecting stones. These stones probably supported wooden beams that supported the roof of the synagogue.
View of the “modern” pool at Deir Aziz that is fed by the powerful spring at the site. Note the sabra cactus plants on this side of the pool.
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