The Good Samaritan Site
In 2010, the Good Samaritan Site as well as the Euthymius and Martyrius monasteries were opened by the Israel Nature and Parks Authority. Once often closed to visitors, the fascinating archaeological site and mosaic museum are now accessible for the public to enjoy, following conservation, reconstruction and establishment of the museum by the Israel Antiquities Authority.
The Good Samaritan site is named for the well-known incident in the story of Jesus, in which an injured man is lying by the roadside, and no one comes to help him – except the “Samaritan” who brings him to an inn and pays for his stay. This is where the traditional link between the concept of a ‘good Samaritan’ and the notions of tolerance and helping others began. The site includes ancient dwelling caves, cisterns and a reconstructed Byzantine church. The mosaic museum displays beautiful examples excavated from archaeological sites in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. There is also a fascinating display of artifacts from ancient synagogues in the area.
the Euthymius and Martyrius monasteries must be coordinated in advance through the Good Samaritan Site.
Entrance fees: Adult: NIS 22, child: NIS 10; Group (over 30 people): Adult: NIS 19; child: NIS 8; Israel Nature and Parks Authority subscribers: free.
Guided tours: Guided tours for groups may be arranged for a fee in English or Hebrew by phoning +972-3-7942451 or by email: . [email protected]