MembersThe Tunnel to the Sea


By Israel Today Staff |
Photo: Yoppa Chushkar

More than 800 years ago the Crusaders were in Tiberias. Close to the banks of the Sea of Galilee they resided in their fortress, the remains of which can still be seen today. As part of ongoing excavations uncovering Tiberias’ storied history, it was recently discovered that the Crusaders had a secret access tunnel running from their fortress to the lake.


The man conducting the excavations on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, Yoppa Chushkar, believes the tunnel provided access to the harbor in Tiberias, which is mentioned in Crusader sources. One such record involves the siege of Tiberias in 1187 by the forces of the Muslim ruler...

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