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Address: Tzomet Migdal, Migdal 14950, Israel
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+972 4-620-9900
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour

Magdala is a unique Holy Land site, as well known as the hometown of Mary...

Magdala is a unique Holy Land site, as well known as the hometown of Mary Magdalene. The site features a complete first century town from the times of Jesus, as well as Duc In Altum a place for worship and prayer. It is a crossroads of Jewish and Christian History

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This is an archaelogical site where just five years ago a first century synagogue was discovered. There are also ruins of homes and public baths nearby. This is outdoor site was... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is an archaelogical site where just five years ago a first century synagogue was discovered. There are also ruins of homes and public baths nearby. This is outdoor site was interesting. It isn't very large so you don't need much time to explore itl

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Karmiel, Israel
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Nice to see the old ruins and what they have done with it. Special to think that it was a synagogue there..I believe they are still excavating. Also interesting to see the modern church they have on-site. Nice paintings and a neat replica of a boat inside. When we were in the church, there were a group of young people... More 

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Echuca, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Don't miss visiting Magdala. The historic ruins are impressive, but the highlight for many, including our group, was the beautiful new Church, with its gorgeous modern artwork & focus on women. In particular, the 'Encounter' space, under the Church, houses one of the most moving & spectacular artworks of the region.

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Llanbedr Dyffryn Clwyd, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The excavated synagogue is amazing - first century yet well-preserved. The other excavations are also fascinating and the new church is beautiful. The view of the Sea of Galilee through the window behind the altar in the shape of a ship is wonderful and the acoustics are something else. There's also a cafe and clean loos. Don't be put off... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A few years back, a priest from Mexico purchased some land on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, near Tiberius. On this land, which was a ports right on the sea at the time of Jesus, a first century synagogue was found. Since the synagogue was in the town of Mandala, where Jesus' friend, Mary Magdalene was from, it... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even though it was raining when we visited Magdala, it was well worth visiting. It was wonderful to see the excavated areas and to be able to walk so near to them. How exciting that this is a relatively new discovery!

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Burke, Virginia, United States
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Newly opened excavation and well worth the wait. It was so inspiring. The synagogue is one that most probably Jesus actually attended at some point. How much better can it get?!

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Jerusalem, Israel
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had read about Magdala a few weeks before we were headed to Israel...but our tour guide was already on it. It turned out to be one of the best stops of the tour. To see the remains of a first century synagogue, to hear Father Tim tell the rich Bible Stories while sitting near the synagogue, to realize that... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such an amazing place to visit, I actually went twice during my 5 day stay in the area! I just fell in love with the placeand It is my No.1 site. The remains are such an exciting find with excavations continuing and It is so beautiful. I look forward to returning and to seeing the new retreat currently... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Magdala is a #1 site! Jesus was there for sure and you can see the remains of a synagogue were he would have certainly taught! The excavation has uncovered some beautiful tiles and artifacts. The location is easy to get to and doesn't require a lot of walking. The views are breathtaking there too and there are restrooms available. Magdala... More 

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