The Byzantine origins of this Palestinian city can be found in the original Greek name of the city, Flavia Neapolis, meaning new city of Flavius, a Roman Emperor from the first century. From its early origins as a Roman outpost to an important city of trade and commerce, Nablus is the gateway to the largely unspoiled pastoral beauty of the upper West Bank. In the shadow of Mount Gerazim, home to the last of the Samaritan people, the history of this storied metropolis can be found in its impressive civic architecture, including the Great Mosque of Nablus, the Manara Clock Tower, two public Turkish baths, and the Old City Souk.

The Roman city of Nablus, which once included a Roman amphitheatre that could seat seven thousand, can be found in nearby Tell Belata to the immediate east of the city.

Important religious sites include the Tomb of Joseph and Jacob’s Well are located at the southern entrance of Nablus, while tourists willing to take a short drive to the north will be richly rewarded with a visit to the ancient ruins of Sebastia. With neither the endless sprawl of Ramallah or the heat of Jericho, Nablus is a promising destination.

Nablus Checklist

  • Visit the Old City souk
  • Pray at the Great Mosque or the church of Jacob’s Well
  • Stop for the best kanafeh in Palestine
  • Have a picnic at Sebastiya
  • Enjoy the revised public baths
  • Visit the Samaritan Museum
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