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“A Spiritual Visit”
Review of Elijah's Cave

Elijah's Cave
Ranked #32 of 90 things to do in Haifa
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Owner description: According to tradition, the prophet Elijah lived in this cave on Mt. Carmel in the 9th century and hid there when fleeing the wrath of King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel.
Reviewed 15 May 2013

If you want to get a feeling of how great it is to be a Jewish person, if you are in Haifa, go to visit and pray in Elijah's Cave. It was a true, spiritual experience. A tip: please bring a scarf or something else small to leave there as a memory.

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Reviewed 26 April 2013

The cave is actually quite large (especially compared to the other Elijah's Cave at the Stella Maris Church & Lot's Cave in Jordan) & is divided into 2 prayer areas (1 side for men & the other side for women). The cave itself was clean (as was the area around it) & filled with pictures & interesting information on the prayer divider barrier wall.

When we visited, it seemed like a group just finished prayer sessions & were having lunch in a room outside the cave. Thus, while it may not be officially a synagogue, it certainly felt like one (similar in interior lay-out philosophy as the Tomb of David & Solomon in Jerusalem).

It was a rather steep but not difficult climb & whether Elijah and/or Elisha stayed in 1 of the caves or both caves, the late Elijah certainly knows how to pick his real estate as the views were nice & the surroundings pleasant, even now.

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Reviewed 28 September 2012

When I went there several years ago it was horribly littered. Maybe it's been cleaned up since then. I certainly hope so!

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Reviewed 31 August 2012

Me'arat Eliahu "Elijah's Cave" is located close to the lower end of the Haifa Cable Car, at the foot of Mt. Carmel. It is here the Prophet Elijah is believed to have lived and meditated before his showdown with the pagan prophets of Ba'al. He also sought refuge here in his flight from Ahab and Jezebel. The site is revered by Jews, Christians, Druze and Muslims. Head coverings are a must. IIRC, they're available at the entrance if you haven't brought your own. The address in 20 Allenby Road. There are bus stops nearby.

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Reviewed 26 August 2012

I had particularly wanted to visit the place where Carmel was established by tradition. The story of holy men living in the hills who eventually established an order of monks is a beautiful lesson. The cave of Elijah fairly crackles with other worldliness and persuades one to contemplate the meaning of existence. It is a holy site to Christians, Jews, Druze and Moslems. It took me quite awhile to find it and even the Carmelite shrine is easily missed when you are trekking on your own. I have some personal history with the Carmelites and was surprised to find myself at Stella Maris quite by accident. I had a personal religious experience when I walked into the Carmelite church that I shall never forget. This only enhanced the experience of visiting the cave. Elijah is said to have inhabited it nearly 3000 years ago. I am not sure how old the cave is but archeologists would be most interested.

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