Katzrin in the Golan Heights

Katzrin is the biggest town in the Golan Heights and the capital of the area. As such you would probably be surprised to know that less than 10,000 people live in this small town. Nevertheless, it has a very long and ancient history. Katzrin (sometimes spelled Katsrin or Katzerin) is named after an ancient town with the same name that existed some 4,000 years ago. The last evidence of Jewish inhabitants goes back to a village from the Talmudic period some 1,300 years ago.


Archaeological artifacts at Katzrin's museumArchaeological artifacts at Katzrin's museum.

The main attraction of any visit to the town is visiting the reconstructed ancient Jewish village at the antiquities park. You will find among the restored ruins many daily objects that people used at that time, as well as a beautiful synagogue. There is a pretty cool audio-visual presentation about the site and other interesting attractions in the Golan area. There is also an archeological museum there - the picture above was taken by my dad at the museum.

The reconstructed ancient Jewish village at KatsrinThe reconstructed ancient Jewish village at Katsrin.

When I was serving in the Israeli military we used to visit the town every Friday for an awesome fresh shawarma or falafel. Our base was pretty close to town, which for us was very convenient. So, I have a lot of good memories from the area.

A megalithic structure in the middle of a square in KatzrinA megalithic structure in the middle of a square in Katzrin.

There are other such unexplained megalithic structures in the Golan such as the one above, including the main site at Gilgal Rephaim.

Another attraction that might interest you if you are a wine lover is the great Golan Heights Winery that is located in town. I think they have the best wine in Israel. You can try it for yourself at their visitor’s center.







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