Synagogue View

Synagogue View

View looking south at the northern exterior wall of the synagogue at Qatzrin. Like all synagogues, it faced Jerusalem (south-southwest). It was basilica style with a central nave (area between the two rows of reconstructed columns) and two side and one rear aisles. On the far (Jerusalem facing) side, not visible in this image was a raised platform (bema).

The synagogue was in use from about AD 350 to 749 - the latter date being marked by a devastating earthquake in the area that destroyed many towns.

Note the well–dressed basalt stones used in its construction.

Image courtesy of Jerry Hawkes.

For a map and brief description of Qatzrin Click Here.