Hidden sites in Western Galilee

access from road 899.

Villages and monasteries, oil presses and tombs from the Roman, Byzantine and Mameluke Period hidden in a mountainous region, rich in vegetation and a breathtaking scenery.
We start our trip in "Granot HaGalil" (road 899), which is part of Maale Yosef Regional Council (the council was formed by the merging of 21 settlements - 15 moshavim and 6 community settlements.
A large number of the settlements are on the "confrontation line" and sit on the border with Lebanon).
We continue on road 899 (following the signs) until the parking lot of Sharach.
From the parking lot turn eastwards into the pines forest and follow the signed path to Danaila.
In the Roman Period Danaila was an agricultural farm (1-4 century CE).
In the Byzantine Period (5-7 century) it was a village with about 10 families.
The 5 Oil presses, which were found in the area, indicate there was oil industry.
At the end of the Byzantine period the area was left and only at the 14th Century (Mameluke Period) the village was populated again.

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Hirbet Danaila

The next stop is Hirbet Meshmesh with remains of a water cistern and church.

Hirbet Mishmesh

Walk to Hirbet Tzunam to see a beautiful water cistern with vaults and remains of a Byzantine church.

Hirbet Tzunam
In Hirbet Dor you will find huge sarcophagi, a water pit and remains of a village.

 Hirbet Dor

  The last stop will be Hirbet Ikrit, where the Greek Catholic Church, the village's only remaining building, is located.

 Hirbet Iqrit