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Nablus

Nablus

It is well watered, and its affluent vegetation gains effect by contrast with the barren hills that tower on either side. One of these hills is the ancient Mount of Blessings and the other the Mount of Curses.
– Mark Twain, 1867

The Abraham Path’s route through the Nablus Region begins in Nablus City.  Biblical narratives refer to this city by the name Shechem and mention that Abraham passed through it on his journey south.  Present-day Nablus remains a fascinating place – from the small enclave of Samaritans preserving their ancient culture atop Mt. Gerizim to the mosques and markets to be found around each bend of the charming Old City’s winding streets.

After thoroughly exploring Nablus City and all its intrigues, walkers leave the city’s urban sprawl and pass a number of small communities scattered across the central hills of the West Bank, enjoying views of hills thick with olive trees as they go.  From these hills where so many stories of Abraham and his family take place, the trail descends through the spectacular Wadi Auja towards the largest oasis in the Jordan Valley: Jericho.


Stages

Stage 1: Nablus City to Awarta (10.2km)
Stage 2: Awarta to Duma (18.6km)
Stage 3: Duma to Kafr Malek (14.9km)
Stage 4: Kafr Malek to Auja (14.4km)

Itineraries

Suggested Itineraries:
Day Hike: Kafr Malek to Auja (Stage 4) offers an excellent day hike with rock scrambling through Wadi Auja, nice views, and refreshing springs (14.4km, moderate-difficult).

Four Days: Walk the full four days of the Nablus section to experience the bustling historic city of Nablus, the ancient biblical site of Tel Balata, beautiful remote country scenery, and the veritable oasis of the Auja springs. Family stays and a Bedouin tent offer overnight accommodations and meals.

Blogs
Nablus region blogs:

Read stories from the Nablus 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 Nablus Region:

Jacob’s Well

The unlikely pair of Father Justinus Mamulus, a Greek Orthodox priest, and Jamaal Sarhain, a Muslim from a nearby refugee camp, have worked together for the last 30 years to transform the church ruins on the site of Jacob’s Well into a peaceful, inspiring sanctuary.

Mosques of Nablus

There are numerous mosques scattered throughout Nablus, but the religious map of the city’s labyrinthine core reveals itself in its full glory and complexity only to those who walk slowly and search patiently.

Nablus City

Grown around the remains of the Roman city Neapolis, the town’s biggest attractions are in its more recent Old City – busy street markets, bathhouses, soap factories and mosques.

Mt. Gerizim

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The enigmatic Samaritan community on Mt. Gerizim has kept their unique religion and heritage alive for thousands of years.

Turkish Baths

Nablus is well known for its traditional hammams, the perfect setting to soothe one’s tired and aching muscles after a strenuous walk. No one can resist the warm steam, refreshing baths, and relaxing massages that are very popular in this part of the world.