Basic Info

Korazim National Park (sometimes spelled Chorazin) is located several kilometers north of the sea of Galilee, and about 300 meters above the level of the lake.

Map of the area:

At Korazim National Park

Here is a view from Korazim National Park towards Kinneret:
Korazim National Park, Israel

The town of Korazim is first mentioned in sources from the Second Temple period, noting the fine wheat the inhabitants raised there; the town flourished at the end of the talmudic period. In the New Testament, Korazim is mentioned as one of three– together with Bethsaida and Capernaum–which Jesus cursed because they did not heed his teachings (Matt. 11:20).

Israel Nature and Park Authority

As you enter the park you can see many remains. Many of the remains are made of black basalt, the region’s most common stone:
Korazim National Park, Israel

Underground Mikveh (ritual bath):
Korazim National Park, Israel

View of houses in the central quarter:
Korazim National Park, Israel

The Synagogue at Korazim National Park

The main attraction of this site is the beautiful Synagogue. It was built at the end of the fourth century or the beginning of the fifth century. Made of black basalt and carved in geometric, floral and faunal patterns.

The entrance to the Synagogue:
Korazim National Park, Israel
The triangular structure in the previous image is a part of the decorated top of the door. Here is a closer view:
Korazim National Park, Israel

Let’s enter through the main door (one of three and all of them face south – toward Jerusalem)
Korazim National Park, Israel

Here you can see five full-sized columns (out of original twelve) that supported the roof:
Korazim National Park, Israel

As you can see the stones are decoratively carved:
Korazim National Park, Israel

Many artifacts were found in the synagogue, like the head of Medusa:
Korazim National Park, Israel

Archaeologists also found a carved basalt seat:
Korazim National Park, Israel
This seat is known in the ancient sources as the Moses Seat, bearing an Aramaic inscription (it’s a replica, the origin is in Jerusalem museum).

A short break from all the stones 😉
Korazim National Park, Israel

And we’re back inside one of the buildings:
Korazim National Park, Israel

Reconstructed olive press:
Korazim National Park, Israel

After visiting the synagogue area we went to the eastern complex:
Korazim National Park, Israel

Korazim is not a big park. You can cover it within 1-2 hours. But, when looking around you can see that this ancient city was much bigger. They reconstructed only a small part of it, I guess due to lack of funding.
Korazim National Park, Israel

Summary

Overall, Korazim National Park is quite a nice small National Park, but I wouldn’t consider it as a must see. If you are passing in the area and have a spare couple hours, then sure, why not.

 

That’s all for today, and I’ll see you in future travels!

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