The museum at the Good Samaritan Inn archeological site by Ma’ale Adumim is the only mosaic museum in the country and one of only three in the world. The Inn of the Good Samaritan existed only in a parable, a real-life site was proposed in the early Christian centuries to edify the faith of pilgrims.The site served as a hostel along the ancient road from Jericho to Jerusalem, with remains from the Roman period to the Ottoman period. A nearby Crusader fortress (the Red Fortress) protected the road, and its ruins are seen above the site.
The Good Samaritan Museum is situated half way between Jerusalem and Jericho, and is associated with the biblical Ma’ale Adumim which marked the border between the tribes of Judah and Benjamin (Joshua 16, 7; 18, 17). During the Byzantine era, the site was associated with the inn mentioned in the Parable of the Good Samaritan from the New Testament (Luke 10, 25-37).
The Samaritan Inn includes seven attractions:
- Byzantine church: built on the traditional location of the Inn of the Good Samaritan, was constructed in the 6th C.
- Outdoors Mosaics Museum
- Indoors Mosaics Museum
- Outdoors Archaeological Museum
- Indoors Archaeological Museum
- Agricultural Installations
- The Red Fortress
Hours: Sun-Thu 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
For additional information: 972-2-5417555