HaNadiv gardens, A.K.A. Ramat HaNadiv (official site) is a nature park and gardens next to Zichron Ya’akov.
Map of the area:
Nadiv in Hebrew means generous, and the gardens are called that because the money for creation and maintenance was donated by Baron Edmond de Rothschild. Thus, entrance is free.
The location next to Zichron Ya’akov is not coincidental. Zichron Ya’akov in Hebrew means “Jacob’s Memorial”. It was one of the first Jewish settlements of Halutzim in the country, founded in 1882 by Baron Edmond James de Rothschild and named in honor of his father, Jacob.
HaNadiv gardens consists of memorial gardens and nature park. Nature park has three trails: The Spring, The Manor and The Vultures.
This time we’ve walked The Manor trail (marked red).
This is the highest point of Ramat Hanadiv, 141 metres above sea level. Its Hebrew name comes from the Arabic one, Hirbat Mansour el-‘Eqeb. In front of it is a sign with text in red, describing the site during the Second Temple period (1st century CE). The green text gives the history of the rustic manor house that was built during the Byzantine period on the remains of the earlier farmstead.
Professor Yizhar Hirshfeld directed the archaeological excavations here from 1984-87. Shards from the Persian period (5th and 3rd centuries BCE), buried beneath the farmstead’s walls, indicate that it may have served previously as a ritual site. In the late 19th century most of the original building stones were apparently removed and used for the construction of Beit Khouri.
That’s all for today and I’ll see you in future travels!
Here are several resources that I created to help travelers:
- Israel Trip Planner is the page that will help you to create your perfect travel route.
- National Parks And Nature Reserves page lists and put all national parks on the map. There is also a top list, information about ticket types and campsites.
- If you are looking for things to do, here are the pages for Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Sea Of Galilee.
- Wondering what events are there in Israel? Here is the Events And Festivals By Season guide.
And if you have any questions then check out Useful Information For Tourists To Israel.