Elijah’s Cave


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Location: In the foothills of Mount Carmel
(32.829950957276274, 34.96964876868413)
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Address: Cave of Elijah, Derech Allenby 227, Haifa
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History

1950s cave uncovered by excavations.

Description

Elijah’s Cave is a place where Jews, Christians, and Muslims worship at the same location. It is the cave where the prophet Elijah allegedly sheltered when hiding from King Ahab and Queen Jezebel. He was ranting about their idol worshipping and for this he faced punishment. Unlike other holy sites in the area this place is not a result of Crusader imagination, it was uncovered by excavations in the 1950s. Elijah established a school for studying religion at this cave. And today the site is overlooked by the Carmelite Stella Maris Monastery, constructed by the Christian religious order he inspired.

Even less likely is the Christian believe that Jesus and his family sheltered in this cave on their escape from Egypt and King Herod. And the pilgrims believe the cave has healing powers.