Sepphoris (Zippori), Capital of the Galilee

The Tetrarch Herod Antipas, son of Herod the Great, chose Sepphoris as his capital in Galilee (BC 4). (Later he would build Tiberias and move his capital there, 20 AD).

Much excavation, beginning in 1931, has been done in Sepphoris. In the house of Dionysus several mosaics were found, including this one featuring a woman often referred to as “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.”

The “Mona Lisa of the Galilee.” Photo by Leon Mauldin.

Sepphoris is only about an hour’s walk away from Jesus’ hometown of Nazareth. This was one of the sites I wanted to see on this current trip to Israel.

One of the main streets of Sepphoris. Photo by Leon Mauldin.

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One Response to Sepphoris (Zippori), Capital of the Galilee

  1. Leon, Zippori is a terrific site, isn’t it? In May of 2011, I spent a night in Nazareth at the Fauzi Azar Inn and left right at 9:15 the next morning on foot. Following (mostly) the “Jesus Trail” but leaving it and adding maybe half a mile to get to Zippori, it took me exactly two and a half hours to trek the six miles into the Zippori Park. So, I arrived at 11:45 but spent only exactly one hour there since I was worried about the remaining distance to Cana for the Bed and Breakfast where I was to stay the next night. That second half of the day turned out to take another five hours of hiking so I was glad I left when I did, but also disappointed that I wasn’t able to spend more time in the Zippori Park. I was awfully tired after that expedition too (59 years old at the time). I’ll be spending the whole month of June in Israel this year (2017) so hopefully I’ll be able to get back into Zippori for a longer time. Enjoying your trip. Thanks for the posts. Larry Haverstock

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