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Tell Mar Elias, Ajlun

#56 of 58 in Historic Sites in Jordan
Church · Hidden Gem · Ruin
Tell Mar Elias is a tell, i. e. an archaeological mound, located slightly outside the town limits and northwest of Ajloun in the Ajloun Governorate, northern Jordan, in the historical region of Gilead. "Elias" is the Latin and Arabic form for Elijah, the prophet whom the Hebrew Bible's 1 Kings calls "the Tishbite" (1 Kings 17: 1), which can be interpreted to mean that he lived, or was even born, in a town named Tishbe. The ruins of the historical town of Listib ("el-Ishtib" or "el-Istib" in Arabic) have been traditionally identified with Tishbe, and are located just across a valley from the tell. The ruins of a Byzantine monastery dedicated to prophet Elijah and including two churches can be seen on the tell.
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  • A site of Christian significance, but the ‏ruins of the Byzantine monastery and the mosaics are not well preserved. We visited in January and I am not sure if the mosaics were covered for protection.....  more »
  • If you find Biblical history fascinating then you’d enjoy a quick visit to Tell Mar Elias. There’s not much to see of this ancient church, but it is the believed location of the home of the prophet...  more »
  • One of the best places to visit, particularly in the spring and the beginning of the summer. Breathtaking green scenes!
  • Amazing view you can get from this place which Is the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah ("Elias" in Latin and Arabic), the site includes the ruins of one of the largest known Byzantine churches in Jordan. Artifacts from the site, including marble carvings and small metal religious objects, are displayed in the archaeological museum of nearby Ajloun Castle. Further, "respect for the spirit of Nebhī-Ilyâs (the prophet Elias) is given to a grove of oak trees above the ruins" of the Byzantine churches there.

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