Al-Eizariya Town

The town of Al-Eizariya is located at an altitude of 553 meters above sea level, while Arab Al-Ka'abneh is located at an altitude of 209 meters. Al-Ezariya was mentioned in the Bible and the Torah under the name Bethany, which means the house of misery or the house of dates. It gained its religious fame and history after Jesus, peace be upon him, revived a man named Lazarus four days after his death and burial. There are 11 mosques in Al-Eizariya (including those dating back hundreds of years, such as the Al-Azir Mosque, which was built by the leader Salah Al-Din in honor of Uzair mentioned in the Holy Qur’an) and five churches, which are the Latin Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Roman Monastery, the Abyssinian Monastery, the Maskoubia Monastery (the resurrection of Christ), and nuns Comboni Sister, Sisters of Charity, Bastionist Monasteries, Beit Faga Monastery, and Gregory Greek Orthodox Monastery. There are also several archaeological sites, including the tomb and cave of Eliezer, the Roman castle, Ain and Khan al-Hawd, the counting well, and the tower. The Wadi al-Hawd area is an extension of an ancient archaeological site (an ancient Roman street containing Ain al-Hawd or Ain al-Russul), which was restored by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and then closed.

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Cultural identity

The meeting ground

Al-Eizariya represents the land of the meeting between Christ, peace be upon him, Eliezer, Mary and Martha, and the fact that the town includes different segments of Palestinian society from different regions made Al-Eizariya a place for the gathering of different groups.