The Sea of Galilee today

The freshwater lake that was the site of so many episodes in Jesus' ministry provides much of the water for the Galilee region. In 2019, heavy rains ended a five-year drought that had seen the lake recede.

The greenness of Galilee

This aerial view of a valley in Galilee, taken in 2010, reveals a lush, fertile land. The climate in ancient Galilee, where Jesus grew up and spent most of his life, was a green oasis bordering the drier, hotter Judea, and remains so today.

A mountain stream in Galilee

Upper Galilee is home to many streams and waterfalls, fields of green and colorful wildflowers.

Tourists visit the valley of Mount Gilboa to see the wildflowers of Galilee.

The rare and endangered Oncocyclus irises grow in the region, and can be found in nature reserves of Nahal Misgav, Nahal Qedesh, Nahal Dishon and Nahal Bet Ha'emek in Upper Galilee, Nazareth, Har Yona and Giv'at Ha-more in Lower Galilee and in Hula Valley within Ein Avazim.

Monfort Castle in Upper Galilee

Monfort Castle was founded in the 12th century in Upper Galilee as the main Crusader castle in the Holy Land. Its ruins are now located in Nahal Kziz, a nature reserve. The fertile region is crossed by a 34-mile-long stream and is home to numerous flora and fauna.

The lush green of the Mount of Beatitudes

The Mount of Beatitudes, located on the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, is believed to be the location of Jesus' Sermon on the Mount.

The mountains in Upper Galilee

The famed Lebanon cedars grow on the higher elevations of Mount Meron in Upper Galilee.

Verdant fields of Upper Galilee

These wildflowers growing in Bethlehem of Galilee in northern Israel are a common sight.