"Gamla Reserve (Golan)" Israel Things to Do Tip by leffe3

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Gamla (derived from the Hebrew word gamal or camel as the the hill on which the ancient city of Gamla sat resembles a camel's hump) is the Masada of the north - namely, following the revolt of 67BC against the Romans, the city was besieged and, rather than surrender to the Roman troops, many of the citizens committed suicide by leaping into the ravine. Destroyed, it was never rebuilt. Now the ruins form the centrepiece of an extensive nature reserve, featuring Israel's highest waterfall, plunging ravines, great treks and hiking opportuniites as well as superb views.

Little remains of the town of Gamla. A fairly steep pathway leads downwards to what is left of the foundations - fairly easy on the way down, but an arduous return! Lining part of the pathway are exerpts from Joseph Flavius' book 'Wars of the Jews'.

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  • Updated May 31, 2006
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