Located in a very strategic way between two mountains with an abundance of natural springs, it has been ruled by many empires throughout its long history. In the Old City, several significant archaeological sites are dating back to the 15th century.
It is also the main home to the world’s smallest religious community: the Samaritans; an ethnoreligious group of the Levant that has a parallel but separate religion to Judaism. Just over 700 people live on Mount Gerizim, where they freely practice their rituals and lead a vibrant cultural life. With all its uniqueness, natural beauty, and rich history, It is considered to be an important Palestinian commercial and cultural center, and the capital of the district, with a population of 348,000.
Vespasian, the Roman Emperor, founded Flavia Neapolis in 72 CE. Over the course of its almost 2,000-year existence, various emperors have controlled the city. Neapolis, along with the majority of Palestine, was ruled by Umar Ibn al-Islamic Khattab’s Arab Caliphate in 636 CE, at which time its name was changed to Nablus in Arabic.
The ancient city, which includes eight major quarters: Yasmina, Qaryun, Aqaba, Qaysariyya, Habala, Faqous, Naser, and Gharb, is located in the center of Nablus. 9000 people live in the ancient city, which is more densely inhabited than the Nablus district, which is home to 389,328 people.
A Samaritan synagogue, twelve mosques, and two churches may be found close to the residential districts with a high concentration of people.
What can you visit in Nablus ?
What To Do
The climb is a very interesting chance to do you have there Mount Gerizim or Mount Ebal on either side of Nablus for a beautiful view of the city. A small Samaritan community, one of only two left in the world, resides atop Mt. Gerizim, and you can get a look at their temple on the mountaintop.
Gerizim is the holiest place for the Samaritan religion, believed by the Samaritans to be the first piece of land ever created by Lord, and the Samaritan community there offers a tour of their community to visitors. If you can come for their Passover you are in meeting with a colorful festival involving the consumption of lamb and goat sacrifices, comparable to Jewish practices 2,000 years ago.
Where To Stay
If you want to spend the night in Nablus, 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 Nablus
The height of Nablus affects its moderate climate, which has pleasant, sunny summers and mild, dry winters (with chilly nights) (during which thunderstorms often break out).