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DISCOVERING JERICHO

Tel as Sultan


The tower and the steps - the oldest in the World

Everyone feels a strong sense of history when strolling around the mounds and ruins of the Ancient Jericho called Tel Es Sultan ("The King's Hill").

One of the most famous findings at Jericho are the remains of a 10,000 years old round tower. This structure is unique for that period and a structure of this kind and age has not been found anywhere else in the world.

Much later, "just" 4,000 year ago, the city was surrounded by the new Cyclopean walls built with huge boulders. Till now the scientists argue what would be a reason to build that extensive fortification in a world which did not know any sieges machinery yet.

Archaeologists obviously expected also to find some evidence of Joshua’s famous “fallen walls of Jericho” during the Israelite conquest of the Holy Land. The Bible tells us this dramatic story: "When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed" (Joshua 5). Almost nothing was found dating that crucial period of the Biblical History. Scholars try to explain this by saying the walls were actually swallowed up, leaving nothing behind.


Elisha' spring


Elisha Spring - Biblical Miracle

At the very entrance to Tel Al Sultan lies the large spring known as “Elisha’s spring". The Bible tells us the story, how Prophet Elisha purified the undrinkable waters of the spring with a jar of salt, while saying: "…This is what the LORD says: 'I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive" (Kings 2). And indeed, this ancient spring' waters are clean and drinkable till our days.


Zacchaeus' Sycamore