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District North
Government Local council (from 1949)
Hebrew מִגְדָּל
Name meaning Tower
Population 1,500 (2006)
Area 11395 dunams (11.395 km2; 4.400 sq mi)
Founded in 1910
Coordinates 32°50′20.68″N 35°29′57.46″E / 32.8390778°N 35.4992944°E / 32.8390778; 35.4992944Coordinates: 32°50′20.68″N 35°29′57.46″E / 32.8390778°N 35.4992944°E / 32.8390778; 35.4992944

Migdal (Hebrew: מִגְדָּל‎) (lit. Tower) is a town in the Northern District of Israel. It was founded in 1910, and granted local council status in 1949. It has a population of 1,500.[1]

Migdal is located near Ginosar, and about 8 km north of Tiberias.[2] It has a shoreline on the Sea of Galilee, including the Tamar, Ilanot and Arbel beaches.


The town is named after the old city of Migdala Nunia (Aramaic: "fish tower"), home town of Mary of Magdala (Luke 8:2), and is situated just west of the Kinneret on Tiberias-Rosh Pina road.[3]

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In 1908, a small group of German Catholics who identified the site as the birth place of Mary Magdalene settled there.[4] They left after a year and the land was bought by Russia Zionists who founded a farm, Ahuzat Moskva (Moscow Estate) in 1910. A few years later, the land was sold to private investors.[5] An encampment of Gdud HaAvoda workers who built the Tiberias-Rosh Pina road was established there in 1921.[6]


In September 2009, a salvage dig of the Israel Antiquities Authority prior to the construction of a hotel revealed an ancient synagogue believed to date back some 2000 years, from 50 BCE to 100 CE. In the middle of a 120 sq.m. main hall, archaeologists discovered an unusual stone carved with a seven-branched menorah. It is the first of its kind to be discovered from the early Roman period. In addition to the engraved stone, the walls are decorated with brightly-colored frescoes.[7]

See also

External Links


  1. About Migdal
  2. About Migdal
  3. About Migdal
  4. Ancient Menorah
  5. About Migdal
  6. Encyclopedia of Zionism and Israel Herzl Press and McGraw-Hill,New York 1971, Volume II, p. 784
  7. Ancient Synagogue Found in Migdal

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