Just to the northeast of the modern city of Nablus is the small suburb of Askar (New Testament Sychar). It was in the vicinity of Sychar that Jesus met the Samaritan Woman at “Jacob’s Well” (John 4 and especially 4:12).
In 1860 the Greek Orthodox purchased the property and restored the crypt that included the famous 75 ft. deep well. Although the foundation and walls of a church were begun in the 20th century, the church was not completed until 2007.
View of the uncompleted interior of the Greek Orthodox Church in the 1970/s. The “outhouse-looking” structures are the entrance and exit to the subterranean well.
The image below is the current beautiful interior of the Greek Orthodox Church.
Interior of the Greek Orthodox Church — 21st Century — Click on Image to Enlarge and/or Download
In the image above note the iconostasis and especially the two staircases down to the well. Compare the current state of the church with its prior status pictured above!
View of the grotto and the well head that is located under the altar area of the Greek Orthodox Church (ca. 1934). — This picture is from the Matson Photograph Collection, Library of Congress, call number LC-M32-A[P&P].
Tradition has it, that this is the spot where Jesus, at mid-day, met the Samaritan woman who had come to draw water (John 4).
View looking down from Mt. Gerizim, where the Samaritan Temple was built, at the Greek Orthodox Church built over the site of “Jacob’s Well” (see John 4).
On our current trip to Israel I have noted a few changes (that may be “old news” to some of you) but I thought I would mention them.
The staircase to the roof of Nebi Samwil is now open—after being shut for a number of years—you can see the Dome of the Rock from here.
We can now take pictures at Jacob’s Well in Nablus—in my experience this was not permitted previously.
Jacob’s Well near Sychar (John chapter 4). Click on image to Enlarge and/or Download.
And then, students always seem to inject some surprises along the way!
Examining the ruins of the Byzantine Church on the top of Mount Gerizim.