Mukhraka Monastery

Mukhraka Monastery

Mukhraka, meaning “burned place,” is where Elijah faced off against the false prophets of Baal and where God sent down fire from Heaven to vindicate him. A small Catholic monastery is situated on the site, and Christian Israel tours stop here both for the biblical significance and for the panoramic view of the Jezreel Valley.

The monastery's church has a statue in the front yard, depicting Elijah slaying the idolatrous false prophets. The church was built, according to tradition, on the foundations of an ancient Byzantine church.

The Carmelite order, which runs the church and monastery, is dedicated to Elijah as its primary saint. The order was founded by monks who went into seclusion in the caves of Mount Carmel, reflecting the behavior of Elijah, who fled from King Ahab and lived in a cave on the mountain. The symbol of the order is engraved on the front of the church, along with verses from the Book of Kings that describe the famous showdown that took place here.

Don't miss the spectacular view from the terrace on top of the church – from this vantage point you can see Jezreel Valley, the Menashe hills to the east, and the south of Mount Carmel, the outskirts of Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Mount Hamoreh and Mount Gilboa. If you are lucky enough to visit on a clear day, you will spot Mount Hermon in the distance.

Access to Mukhraka is through the Druze village of Daliat-el-Carmel. The villagers here welcome visitors with traditional Druze hospitality and explanations of the Druze way of life. Daliat-el-Carmel is especially well-known for its beautiful handicrafts.

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