Everywhere you go in the Holy Land, there is not just breathtaking beauty to behold, but biblical and historical knowledge to gain. This is certainly the case when it comes to Gan HaShlosha, the tranquil Israeli park our friend, photojournalist Edgar Asher, tells us about:
It does not matter what time of the year you visit the Gan HaShlosha National Park, the water that emerges from the western part of the park is a constant 28 degrees all year round. Therefore it is possible to see visitors bathing in the pools of clear spring water that are located around the park, almost every day of the year.
Gan HaShlosha – the Park of Three – was named in memory of three Jewish pioneers, Aharon Etkin, Haim Sturman and David Mosensohn, who came to survey the land on behalf of the JNF (Jewish National Fund) in 1938, when the car they were travelling in went over a land mine in the nearby Beit Shean Valley, killing all three.
The park, which is located between the kibbutzim of Beit Alfa and Nir David in the Lower Galilee, is also known as ‘Sakne’, which means in Arabic ‘The Hot Pool’. The location is popular with visitors from all over Israel and in particular Arab Israelis from the north of the country. During height of the summer the park can be very busy, but at other times of the year there are many tranquil corners to escape from the buzz of everyday life.
Gan Ha Shlohsa is overlooked by Mount Gilboa which is only about a quarter of an hour’s drive from the park. The main part of the park has the Amal Stream flowing through it. It is here that most of the visitors’ facilities are located. However the park is several square kilometers and several of the lesser pools are far less commercial and isolated. The whole park has a well paved narrow road system that allows for all parts to be reached by small self-drive electric vehicles that can be hired at Kibbutz Nir David at the northern end of the complex. These self-drive electric vehicles are the only vehicles allowed to travel on the park’s internal roads. The park also houses a museum of regional and Mediterranean archaeology where there is a display of rare Greek artifacts and tools from excavations in the nearby Beit She’an Valley, as well as exhibits about the Etruscan civilization.
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