Beit Alfa Synagogue

The synagogue was founded in the 5th century CE. From an architectural point of view, its components are identical to those of churches of the Byzantine period; a courtyard, narthex, rectangular hall, gallery on the second story and an additional room. The most beautiful element of the synagogue is the mosaic in the main hall, one of the most important ever unearthed in Israel. It is divided into three panels, depicting a Holy Ark, a Wheel of the Zodiac, and the story of the offering of Isaac. Above them, a hand can be seen with the words “do not lay” [a hand upon the boy] – God’s words to Abraham.

Conservation Plan:

– Replacement of the roof protecting the mosaic
– Improvement of the interpretation in the building and the courtyard
– Upgrading the current audio-visual presentation

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