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Hebron

Hebron

From the ancient village of Tequa, walkers to Hebron make their way into the desert and can spend a night sleeping under the stars before turning east to climb past a series of crumbling monasteries along an ancient ascent into the mountains. In the high country overlooking the Rift Valley to the east is Beni Na’im, home to a grave and shrine dedicated to the prophet Lot, nephew of Abraham.

The region continues to echo with the memory of Abraham, from the pastoral setting of the country hills on the edge of the desert to the route’s climax: a huge shrine in the center of Hebron which houses the symbolic tombs of Abraham and his family, built atop the cave where tradition says they were all laid to rest.


Stages

Stage 1: Tequa to Reshayda (23.0 km)
Stage 2: Reshayda to Beni Na’im (18.6 km)
Stage 3: Beni Na’im to Hebron City (7.0 km)

Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries:
Day Hike: From Tequa to Reshayda (Stage 1), wind down a deep wadi to a village overlooking the rolling desert, passing Biblical ruins and Bedouin villages along the way.

Three Days: The Hebron Region makes a fitting end to a longer-distance trip on the Abraham Path, or a great journey by itself; you’ll hike over diverse terrain in and out of the desert and end by following the final footsteps of Abraham into Hebron, the city in which he and his family were buried.

Blogs
Hebron region blogs:

Read stories from the Hebron region
in the Abraham Path blog

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For walking in this region, the Masar Ibrahim is recommended. Find detailed resources on: www.masaribrahim.ps

Sites in the Hebron Region:

Hebron Old City

In Hebron (al-Khalil), the city named “friend,” locals extend hospitality in the twists and turns of the Mamluk Old City, and artisans continue their ancient crafts of glass blowing and yogurt making.

Mamre

The legend of this once magnificent oak tree is one inspiration for the profound culture of hospitality that is found all over the Middle East.

Nebi Yaqin

Nebi Yaqin mosque holds indentations said to be where Abraham knelt down to pray that God would not destroy Sodom and Gomorrah, near the historic city of Ban Na’im.

Tomb of the Patriarchs

Grand architecture and exquisite artwork surround the burial place of Abraham, a site holy to the monotheistic religions and much fought over throughout history.