Israel’s largest source of fresh drinking water, supplying about 1/3 of the nation’s annual water need.
A Christian pilgrimage sight and is believed to be where Jesus walked on water.
Closest major city is Tiberias, which is along the lake’s western edge and is considered one of Israel’s holy cities.
Located in north eastern Israel.
Fed by mineral springs, some of them hot, which discharge into the lake providing its saline character.
A lake, not a sea. However stretching 7 miles wide and 13 miles long, it’s big enough to pass for a sea in the arid Middle East.
Fed primarily by the Jordan River. Other streams and wadis (seasonal watercourses) flow into the lake from the hills of Galilee. In the rivers associated with the lake and at the bottom of the lake itself are many mineral deposits.
Fed by the Jordan River which flows in from the Sea’s north shore and passes out at its southern shore.
Fed by springs in the Sea’s floor bed.
From ancient times has provided hot springs along its western shore, especially at Tiberias, which the ancients flocked to for well known curative powers.
Formation dates from about 400,000 to 500,000 years ago where have been unearthed prehistoric tools and two human fragments, which are among the oldest in the Middle East.
The largest freshwater lake in Israel.
The lowest freshwater lake on Earth and the second-lowest lake overall (after the Dead Sea, a salt water lake) in Israel.
Fed partly by underground springs although its main source is the Jordan River which flows through it from north to south.
Situated in north-east Israel, between the Golan Heights and the Galilee situated in the Jordan Rift Valley, a valley caused by the separation of the African and Arabian plates. Consequently the area is subject to earthquakes, and in the past, volcanic activity. This is evident by the abundant basalt and other igneous rocks that define the geology of the Galilee.
A holy place where much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on its shores. In those days, there was a continuous ribbon development of settlements and villages around the lake and plenty of trade and ferrying by boat.
A major attraction for Christian pilgrims since, according to the New Testament, many of the miracles of Jesus occurred on its shores—including his walking on water, calming the storm, and feeding five thousand people in Tabgha. Thousands of Christians come yearly to be baptized.