Al Khalil is mentioned in the holy Bible as the home of Abraham, the burial place of him, and several generations of his family. In King David’s time, Hebron was briefly the capital of the Israelite state, before the capital moved to Jerusalem.
Today, Hebron is holy to both Muslims and Jews due to its association with Abraham. (Christianity is also an Abrahamic religion, but Christians haven’t paid as much attention to Hebron.)
The center of Al Kahlil city was the site of Al-Ibrahimi Mosque/The tomb of the Patriarchs whose buildings are in a compound built in the first century to protect the tombs of the patriarch Abraham and his family.
This place became a site of pilgrimage for the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The town was sited at the crossroads of trade routes for caravans traveling around southern Palestine, Sinai, Eastern Jordan, and the north of the Arabian Peninsula.
Also, the subsequent Ottoman Period (1517-1917) heralded an extension of the town to the surrounding areas and brought numerous architectural additions, particularly the raising of the roof level of houses to provide more upper stories.
The overall Mamluk morphology of the town is seen to have persisted with its hierarchy of areas, quarters based on ethnic, religious or professional groupings, and houses with groups of rooms organized according to a tree-shaped system.
What can you visit in Al-khalil ?
What To Do
Walkthrough the gates and experience this distinct example of a divided city.
Walking across the Old Town/Market (Souq) on the Palestinian side.
See Hebron transforming into a ghost town on Friday afternoon, when it is a public holiday.
Hostel offers a political and cultural tour of Hebron for ₪50 per person.
A great idea is to hire one of many young folks around (mostly men) to give you a tour.
Where To Eat
You have to eat some tabun (large, soft, round) bread and pick up a container of hummus nearby and you are set.
Falafel is one of the most popular “snacks” in Palestine in general. Hebron has many famous falafel restaurants that are always crowded because of the tasty falafel. Grab your sandwich for ₪3 and enjoy.
Hebron is famous for its traditional dish called Al-Qidrah (Al-Khaliliyah).
What to buy
buying items in the ancient City district of the city (near the Ibrahimi Mosque) Hebron’s Old City is a great place to get your Holy Land souvenir shopping done.
If you want to spend the night in Bethlehem, there is no possibility you will wind up in an inn’s stable. There are several sizable hotels accessible, all of which are often less expensive than Jerusalem, as well as more charming smaller lodgings.
Weather and Climate in Al-Khalil
The height of Al-khalil affects its moderate climate, which has pleasant, sunny summers and mild, dry winters (with chilly nights) (during which thunderstorms often break out). The ideal seasons to travel are spring and fall, when temperatures hover around 23°C (74°F). The height of Ein Karem affects its moderate climate, which has pleasant, sunny summers and mild, dry winters (with chilly nights) (during which thunderstorms often break out).