In the northern West Bank sits the Palestinian city of Jenin. It is a significant center for the neighboring communities and the administrative hub of the Jenin Governorate of the State of Palestine. About 40,000 individuals called Jenin home in 2007, compared to 10,000 who called the Jenin refugee camp home. The Palestinian National Authority is in charge of Jenin’s administration (as part of Area A of the West Bank).
Jenin is positioned at the base of the West Bank’s roughest hills, Jabal Nablus, and along the Jezreel Valley’s southern edge, Marj Ibn Amer, which the city overlooks. Its lowest points are 90 meters above sea level, while its highest point is around 250 meters above sea level.
The Sahl Arraba plain (also known as the Dothan Valley) is located directly southwest of Jenin, while the Marj Sanur valley is located farther south. Mount Gilboa is located around 1.5 kilometers east of Jenin (Jabal Faqqua). Jenin is located 51 kilometers southeast of Haifa, 42 kilometers north of Nablus, and 18 kilometers south of Afula.
NOVA Astronomical Foundation
Deir Ghazala village’s unique setting and its position in a plain area enable astronomical observation. In order to create an astronomy camp in the village for observation and to offer educational and awareness-raising courses to those interested from the region, a collaboration agreement was signed in 2019 between the village council and the Palestinian Astronomical Society (NOVA). The location was investigated and determined to be free of light and environmental contamination; as a result, it was selected as one of the best places for such activities.
St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church
The St. George’s Greek Orthodox Church was built in the 1990s after being founded in 1874. All of the priests who served in the church are buried there, with the exception of Fr. Shakir Khoury, who was laid to rest in a tomb he constructed himself in the Virgin’s Hall courtyard.
The church of St. George
Saint George’s church is situated in the town of Burqin, 3 km west of Jenin. Because St. Helena, the mother of Roman emperor Constantine, constructed it during the Byzantine era, it is regarded as one of the oldest cathedrals in the entire globe. According to local legend, it is thought to be the fourth-oldest church in the entire globe.
Excavations show that the location was occupied over many historical eras. One of the most significant remnants of the earliest church is the Patriarchal throne, the only one constructed of stone in all of Palestine and dating to the fourth century CE. It is located above a Roman cistern where it is believed that Jesus performed the miracle of curing the lepers.
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church
St. Matthew’s Anglican Church: The current structure, which houses the church and the Evangelical clinic, was constructed in 1993. The first church was constructed in 1911.