Tiberias to Reconstruct Ancient Roman City
(IsraelNN.com) The Israel Antiquities Authority and the City of Tiberias have announced plans for an archaeological park modeled on the Roman city that existed on the shores of the Sea of Galilee 2,000 years ago.
The new center will feature a visitor's center, recreation facilities for children, an amphitheater and more. Visitors will enter the park through an ancient Roman gate, and follow the stone walls of the Byzantine city to the cardo, which is the main street that is paved with stone tiles and that leads from the gate to the Roman city (and to cities of later periods). A grassy area will feature lawns and flora characteristic of the Land of Israel, as well as a network of paths which will conform to the geometry and the material appearance of the Roman city.
Tiberias is one of the four holy cities in the Land of Israel. The city was originally bequeathed to the tribe of Naftali (Joshua 19:35), and the Sanhedrin (the highest rabbinic court during the Second Temple period) was located in Tiberias. Tiberias is also home to the gravesites of several important Torah scholars, including Rabbi Moses Ben Maimon (Rambam), Rabbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai and Rabbi Akiva.