Emmaus Nicopolis Monastery

Emmaus is an archeological site located near the Latrun monastery, which was continuously settled throughout many periods in history, due to its strategic location (on the way to Jerusalem) and the fact that in the past there were hot springs here which were famous for their healing properties. In 1927 the Beit Shalom monastery and a hostel were founded here, but during much of the 20th century this place was closed to visitors. But a visit to this place, which combines the old with the new, is again possible today and has been for a few years now. Here you will find the impressive remains of a Byzantine church and Roman mosaic floors alongside a small archeological museum and a store which offers decorated ceramic ware. Today in Emmaus one can find the very special and unique Community of the Beatitudes, a group of monks and nuns whose aim is unity and understanding between the religions and whom have built here a beautiful chapel.

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