Gush Halav was the most important town in the Jewish Upper Galilee and the administrative capital of the area from the time of the Second Temple and throughout the Mishnah and Talmud period. According to tradition, it was a walled city from the days of Joshua Bin Nun.
Yochanan of Gush Halav played an important role in the great revolt against the Romans. After the destruction of the Second Temple, the continuity of the Jewish settlement was maintained until the 19th century. The city was known
for its fertile environment, which yielded excellent olive oil.
Events & Attractions:
The village boasts authentic Lebanese restaurants, and there are several tombs that are sacred to the Jews (including the tomb of Yoel Hanavi and the tombs of Shmayah and Avtalyon). In the alleys of the Old City, you can tour the remains of the Byzantine period, and see the sculptures, the thresher, and the hill of tears.
There are three churches in the community. This church is located on the ruins of a magnificent synagogue. Another church is an abandoned church that belonged to the Maronite community. It was destroyed in the 19th century by a large earthquake, and visits there are by appointment only. The Church of Saint Maron, named after the holy figure of the Maronites, is the largest and most modern in the village, located close to the entrance to the village and open for prayer on Sunday at 10 am. There are a nuns’ house, a large courtyard and a statue of Our Lady on the compound. There are two mosques in the village, in addition to three sheikh’s tombs.
In Gush Halav there are a variety of events and festivals that take place throughout the year, such as the wine festival throughout the Galilee, and the “Concertiuol,” a concert tour and wine in the atmosphere of a royal court.
Transportation in Gush Halav is mainly based on private vehicles, taxis and buses.