Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel

"Your head crowns you like Carmel, and the flowing locks of your head are like purple threads" Song of Solomon 7:5

Mount Carmel is situated between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jezreel Valley. The immense natural beauty of the Carmel forest is coupled with the biblical story of Elijah confronting the false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18). The story can be recounted and experienced visually in the Stella Maris church, whose view is amazing towards the Mediterranean Sea, or from the Mukraha monastery, whose breath-taking view below looks to the Jezreel Valley and the Kishon stream where the slaughter took place. It’s also inspiring to see the traditional site of Elijah's Cave where Elijah hid in the cliffs towards the sea.

You cannot miss the Bahai Gardens in Haifa, where nineteen terraces of pristine botanical beauty adorn the northern slope of Mount Carmel.

In the heart of the Carmel National Park are the Druze communities of Daliat al Carmel and Issifiya, where you can enjoy the bustling markets featuring traditional Druze products. The Druze culture is fascinating, placing its roots as descendants of Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law (Exodus 4:17).

Wherever you go in Mount Carmel, the sheer beauty of mountain meeting sea will be a unique experience while learning its biblical and historical significance.

 

From the Scriptures

1 Kings 18:

"17 When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, 'Is it you, you troubler of Israel?' 18 He answered, 'I have not troubled Israel; but you have, and your father’s house, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and followed the Baals. 19 Now therefore have all Israel assemble for me at Mount Carmel, with the four hundred fifty prophets of Baal and the four hundred prophets of Asherah, who eat at Jezebel’s table.'"

 

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