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Aqua Bella

Ben Dor A.
Aqua Bella
  • (worth a detour)
  • 1-2 km
  • Moderate
  • Average
  • 1 hour or less
  • 2 2

Aqua Bella is one of the many Crusader farms who supplied food and water to the pilgrims visiting from Europe, built along the road to Jerusalem.

Ein Hemed, Israel
Picnic area
A Hat, good walking shoes, water, camera and goodwill are essentials for a fruitful visit.

Aqua Bella (Ein Hemed): To protect the Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Holy City and pilgrims visiting from Europe, fortresses were built along the road to Jerusalem. Farms were built all around Jerusalem to supply food and water using the various springs for irrigation. At Aqua Bella you can still see impressive ruins of a Crusader structure, whose southern wall survives to a height of 12 meters. The building has several gates and two arched halls. Archeological investigations indicate that it was built in 1140-1160, during the reign of Fulk of Jerusalem.

The Israeli National Parks Authority created a picnic site nearby. Four springs flow along the riverbed from nearby caves, and unite into a flow of water which continues for about 400 meter. Several dams have been built, creating several pools.

Opening hours

09:00 - 17:00

How to get there

By bus, taxi or guided tour.

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