Katzrin: Capitol of the Golan


While Katzrin (also spelled Qatzrin) is a planned town in the Golan of about 7000 people, it has also been inhabited since the Bronze Age and there is an archaeological park well excavated and “restored.”  Restoration is always a tricky thing as sometimes it goes too far and becomes more recreation than restoration.  We saw that first hand in Myanmar and those of you in Art 1B learning a bit about this in our discussion of Tibet: Temple at Mustang.

Katzrin has an active educational program where they do demonstrations about life in the 3rd to 4th century when Katzrin was an active Jewish village that was subsequently destroyed by an earthquake and abandoned.  We visited on a day that there were no demonstrations so we did some guessing on “life” in Katzrin, especially revolving around olive oil production, something that is a major commodity produced in the Golan today.

Turning the olive press.
Turning the olive press.
You can see remnants of olives actually pressed for demonstrations.
You can see remnants of olives actually pressed for demonstrations.
Not sure exactly how this one works but can imagine.
Not sure exactly how this one works but can imagine.
Close up of stone oil "catchers"?
Close up of stone oil “catchers”?
At Jeff's feet you can see a tin bucket that actually looked like it had olive oil in it.
At Jeff’s feet you can see a tin bucket that actually looked like it had olive oil in it.
Wall painting demonstrating the oil production.
Wall painting demonstrating the oil production.
Ruins of the village, over the top of the wall to the right you can see the column tops of the synagogue and top left is the house that has the kitchen and some of the rooms recreated.
Ruins of the village, over the top of the wall to the right you can see the column tops of the synagogue and top left is the house that has the kitchen and some of the rooms recreated.
A spring still produces water.
A spring still produces water.
The oak tree you see in the background is 400 years old.
The oak tree you see in the background is 400 years old.
Interior of the synagogue.  Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are still performed here as are weddings.  Now that's a real "destination" wedding.
Interior of the synagogue. Bar/Bat Mitzvahs are still performed here as are weddings. Now that’s a real “destination” wedding.
Outside lintel of the synagogue. It has an inscription that says: this is the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Elazar the Caper (?) Maker.
Outside lintel of the synagogue. It has an inscription that says: this is the Beit Midrash of Rabbi Elazar the Caper (?) Maker.
Carved images in the ancient synagogue, one very small in the middle of the right hand side and the lower foreground.
Carved images in the ancient synagogue, one very small in the middle of the right hand side and the lower foreground.
Inside the reconstructed house- the cooking area
Inside the reconstructed house- the cooking area
Bowls and assorted pottery
Bowls and assorted pottery
Assorted tools for home and field.
Assorted tools for home and field.
Assorted clay jars
Assorted clay jars
Ladder to the bedroom.
Ladder to the bedroom.
Bedhouin house abandoned when Israel took over the Golan in 1967, reconstructed.
Bedhouin house abandoned when Israel took over the Golan in 1967, reconstructed.

 

One thought on “Katzrin: Capitol of the Golan

  1. Hi Mina: I’m appreciating your emails and photos, thanks. I also wanted to let you know how much I’m enjoying the art history texts. Very readable, lots of historical and cultural history along with the art. Ironically, recent reading has coincided nicely with your photos, eg Islamic art, etc. best, bill

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