City of the Patriarchs
Hebron is a Palestinian city 30 km (19 mi) south of Jerusalem. It is in the Judaean Mountains, 930 meters (3,050 ft) above sea level. It is the largest city in the West Bank, and the second largest in the Palestinian territories after Gaza. There are about 215,000 people living in Hebron (2016).
The city is famous as the traditional burial site of the Biblical Patriarchs and Matriarchs. This makes it a very important city in Judaism. It is also very important to Muslims because of its connections with Abraham.
Hebron is important to the economy of the area due to the sale of marble from quarries. It is known for its grapes, figs, limestone, pottery workshops and glassblowing factories. It is also the location of the major dairy-product maker, al-Junaidi. The old city of Hebron has narrow, winding streets, flat-roofed stone houses, and old bazaars. The city is home to Hebron University and the Palestine Polytechnic University. It has no cinemas or places of entertainment.
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Tel Rumeida (Old Hebron)
References[change | change source]
- An Introduction to the City of Hebron. Jewish Virtual Library
Other websites[change | change source]
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Hebron.|
- Hebron Chamber of Commerce
- Israeli Ministry of Foreign affairs
- Photographs of Hebron
- RamallahOnline - Photos of Hebron
- Hebron.com - English
- Collection of Palestinian articles on Hebron published by "This Week in Palestine"
- Sephardic Studies 1839 Sephardic census of Ottoman-controlled Hebron.
- ArchNet.org. "Hebron". Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: MIT School of Architecture and Planning.
- Settlement Encroachments in Hebron Old City. Photo's/maps of settlements and closed roads. Hebron Rehabilitation Committee, 1 April 2014.
- Settlements on GoogleMaps