"Gamla - history, nature, cliffs, flora, birds" Al Yahudiyah by FruitLover

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The Gamla Reserve is a special monument, situated on a breathtaking cliff overlooking the Gamla Hill, the Dalyiot riverbed and the Lake of Galilee.

The Flora of the area is varied. One can find many different species of trees, bushes and shrubs throughout all the seasons. The most prominent among them are the Mt Tabor Oak tree and Pistachio Atlantic tree. These trees, that shed their leaves in the winter, are scattered on the high plateaus.

Gamla is mentioned in the Talmud and depicted there as a walled city, dated from the period of Joshua [the Bronze Age].
"For it was situated upon a rough ridge of a high mountain, with a kind of neck in the middle: where it begins to ascend, it lengthens itself, and declines as much downward before as behind, insomuch that it is like a CAMEL in figure..."
[The Jewish War 4:1; Flavius Josephus]

Hebrew word 'GAMAL' = camal. Origin of the name 'Gamla' is: 'gamal'

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