Tell el-Qedah, is the archaeological “tel” at the site of ancient Hazor. Tel Hazor was the largest fortified city in the country in the Middle Bronze Age (around 1750 BCE) and in the Israelite period (ninth century BCE). The area of the “tel” is the largest of all the ancient cities in Israel. It was one of the most important cities (the capital of Canaanite Galilee) in the Fertile Crescent, maintaining commercial ties with Babylon and Syria. Hazor imported large quantities of tin for the local bronze industry. The Book of Joshua describes Hazor as “the head of all those kingdoms” (Josh. 11:10). Tel Hazor National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
King Solomon’s Gate
King Yavin’s Palace
Ahab’s Hazor (Ach’av)
Yeravam ben Yoash’s Tower
The following clip was photographed by my collegue Jamel Renawe. You can see the administration building, Solomon’s Wall and Ahab’s Wall.
Archaeologist Amnon Ben-Tor Explains Hazor on Site
Hebrew University Professor and the renown archaeologist excavating at Tel Hazor, teaching the importance of Hazor, identifying some key finds at Hazor, explaining the strata at Hazor and pointing out the Canaanite city gate and cultic podium uncovered at the city gate.
- Directions: From either north or south: exit the Rosh Pina-Kiryat Shmona road (no. 90) toward Ayelet HaShahar.
- Length of tour: 1-3 hours
- Best season: Spring, fall, winter
April-September 8 A.M-5 P.M.
October-March 8 A.M.-4 P.M.
Fridays and holiday eves 8 A.M. 3 P.M.
Last entry one hour before above closing hour.
- Entrance fee
- Pets: Forbidden