Carmel Mountain Range - Israeli Tour

Carmel Mountain Range

Mount Carmel Israel

Beautiful Mount Carmel is a coastal mountain range in northern Israel stretching from the Mediterranean Sea towards the southeast. The range is a UNESCO biosphere reserve and a number of towns are located there, most notably the city of Haifa, Israel’s third largest city, located on the northern slope.

In mainstream Jewish, Christian, and Islamic thought, the prophet Elijah is associated with the mountain, and he is regarded as having sometimes resided in a grotto on the mountain.  One name for Mount Carmel is Jabal Mar Elyas Mount Saint Elias. In the Books of Kings, Elijah challenges 450 prophets of a particular Baal to a contest at the altar on Mount Carmel to determine whose deity was genuinely in control of the Kingdom of Israel.

Mount Carmel is considered a sacred place for Bahá’ís around the world, and is the location of the Bahá’í World Centre and the Shrine of the Báb. The location of the Bahá’í holy places has its roots in the imprisonment of the religion’s founder, Bahá’u’lláh, near Haifa by the Ottoman Empire during the Ottoman Empire’s rule over Palestine.

 

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