Elijah's Cave, Haifa

Elijah's Cave is nestled at the base of Cape Carmel in Haifa, below the lighthouse and Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery. An important shrine to many religions, the chapel includes the very cave in which the Hebrew prophet Elijah is believed to have lived and taught.

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History of Elijah's Cave

Many important events in the life of the Prophet Elijah (9th century BC) are said to have happened in this revered cave: he lived and meditated here before defeating the pagan prophets of Baal on Mount Carmel; he hid here when fleeing the wrath of King Ahab and his wife, Jezebel; and Elijah established his school here upon his return from exile.

The cave is sacred to Jews, Christians, Muslims, and Druze, all of whom venerate the prophet Elijah. There was a mosque here until 1948. Tradition also has it that the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus) found shelter in this cave for a night on their return from Egypt.

What to See at Elijah's Cave

A domed chapel enshrines the cave, which is underneath the main altar. The cave itself also has a small altar. Pilgrimages and great ceremonies are held at this cave many times each year.

Head coverings must be worn in the cave; they are available at the entrance.

Quick Facts on Elijah's Cave

Site Information
Names:Elijah's Cave
Country:Israel
Categories:biblical sites; caves
Visitor and Contact Information
Coordinates:32.829043° N, 34.964933° E
Address:Haifa, Israel
Lodging:View hotels near Elijah's Cave
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours and prices can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

References

  1. Frommer's Online-Only Guides: Haifa
  2. Eyewitness Travel Guide to Jerusalem & the Holy Land

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