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Hammat Gader (Al-Ḥammah)

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Hammat Gader (al-?ammah colloq. el-?ammeh) was a small village and a spa (today only a spa and visitors' centre) situated in a small valley on the banks of the Yarmuk River 7km. south-east of the Sea of Galilee on the route connecting Tiberias with Damascus and the northern settlements of the Gilead (al-Balqa?), and on the Ottoman railway line which connected Haifa and the ?ijazi railway via Dar?ah (ancient Edre?i) described in the entry on Haifa above. Its mineral hot springs, which already acquired the reputation of having medical qualities in ancient times, have always attracted multitudes of visitors. A cluster of pieces of limestone slabs 1.20x1.00m. (approx.), a few pieces of marble slabs and small basalt stones which serve as the pavement of the floor of the semicircular alcove below the above Greek inscription, found in the "Hall of Fountains" (Pl. 55).

Keywords:Greek inscription; Hammat Gader



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