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Haifa Religious Sites – City Temples and Churches

Haifa Religious Sites

Attractions in Haifa – Religious sites in the city



Stella Maris Church

According to the Bible, Elijah the Prophet fought the prophets of Baal (a Canaan deity) on Mount Carmel. Since then Mount Carmel has been retaining its religious importance. According to a legend, Elijah hid himself in a cave on the slope of the sea star ridge. However, the Carmelite monks sanctified another cave on the ridge top and built above a large monastery, which is nowadays their world center.

Elijah’s Cave

is one of the most famous, important, and sacred places for the monotheistic religions. The cave attaches Haifa special religious importance in the eyes of Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze people.

Kababir

once an Arab village, is the neighborhood founded in the end of the 19th century. It is the only Israeli community of the Ahmadiyya Muslims, an Islamic movement originating from India and including billions of followers around the world.

The Horn of Carmel (Keren-Carmel, Deir el-Muhraka)

The monastery on “the place of the burning”, is the second largest construction on the Carmel ridge. It is 497 meters above sea level. The old monastery of the Carmelites stands here. The members of this order arrived to the Holy Land from Europe in 17th century. According to Jewish, Christian, Muslim, and Druze religious beliefs, the epic battle between Elijah and the prophets of Baal took place here.