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Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in Israel, Galilee resort

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The Kinneret is the lowest freshwater lake in the world, located in the northeastern part of Israel. The lake is located at an altitude of 213 meters below sea level. The water level in the lake often varies depending on water consumption and rainfall. The area averages 165 km 2.

Along with the Dead Sea, the Sea of Galilee is the result of the Syrian-African Rift. From the north side, several small rivers flow into the lake, originating in the Golan Heights, including the Jordan River, flowing from the south.

Today, the lake has a fairly large national economic importance, as it serves as the main source of water for the Israeli water supply. Recently, the water level in the lake has dropped significantly, which greatly worried the people of Israel. Typically, the level rises to normal annually due to winter rains.

On the western coast of the lake is the city of Tiberias. There are numerous wild and paid beaches along the coast of the Kinneret. Hot springs rich in sulfur and salts are also noteworthy along the coast. Today, many of them are used for medicinal purposes.

On the northern coast of the lake are the ruins of the ancient city of Capernaum, where the Son of God lived and preached for some time. Today, archaeological excavations are being carried out here, and on the mountain called the Sermon on the Mount you can observe a monastery and a Franciscan church.

Yardenit is a traditional baptismal site, located at the confluence of the Jordan River into the Kinneret.

Not far from the lake on the coast of the Jordan River, one can observe Degania – the first Jewish kibbutz in Palestine, which was founded by a group of Halutzian youth who came from Ukraine in 1909. At the gates of the kibbutz there is a small Syrian tank, which was knocked out during the War of Independence by the kibbutzniks.

There is another kibbutz 13 kilometers away from Deganiya – Ein Gev, next to which the border with Syria ran before the Six Day War. Ein Gev is famous not only for its productive agriculture, but also for the various festivals held here every year during Easter week. The best Israeli musicians, as well as foreign artists, take part in the festivals. The concerts are held in a specially built amphitheater.

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