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“Interesting place. Combine with a hillside walk!”
Review of Elijah's Cave

Elijah's Cave
Ranked #36 of 87 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.
Prague, Czech Republic
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Interesting place. Combine with a hillside walk!”
Reviewed 4 January 2014

This small cave is an interesting place. It's sacred to people of both Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Druze religions, and we've heard different myths and folktales being told about the cave. You can see people (mostly women) of different religions and cultures come there to pray, mainly for good health and for fertility, so even if you're not a spiritual person, it's a very interesting place for people-watching. A visit to the cave is best combined with a walk on the hillside with breathtaking views, all the way down from Stella Maris: After a visit to te Carmelite Monastery, cross the road and look for the beginning of the path (it's an unmarked path, so look carefully). It will lead you down the mountain to a tiny round chapel called the Holy Family Chapel (nowadays closed). In spring the path is full of flowers, and the views of the Haifa Bay are breathtaking. Continue from the chapel down, eventually you'll get to stairs going down the mountain, they will lead you to Elijah's cave (all in all about an hour's walk). After visiting the cave you can cross the (huge) road (there's a bridge for crossing) and reach the Bat Galim beach, which has a lovely scenic promenade. From the Northern end of the promenade you can take the cablecar (more breathtaking views) all the way up to Stella Maris, where you started. Enjoy!

Visited December 2013
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Haifa, Israel
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“A Spiritual Visit”
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.

Visited June 2012
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Jakarta
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“Interesting Cave with Jewish Synagogue Inside”
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.

Visited March 2013
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Haifa
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27 reviews
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“Grungy.”
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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Haifa, Israel
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“Like stepping into another world”
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.

Visited October 2011
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