South of the Old City of Tiberias is the Hamat Tiberias National Park, home to seventeen hot springs- the 60-degree Celsius waters are infused with about one-hundred minerals that have unique therapeutic qualities. The healing capabilities of the site have been known for two-thousand years and the baths have attracted visitors since time immemorial. The water from these springs feed the Tiberias Springs Spa.
Hamat Tiberias was discovered in 1920 by members of the "Labor Battalion" who paved the road from Tiberias to Tzemah. A year later a ritual candelabra was found what had seven arms that is today displayed in the Israel Museum. Another interesting find is a stone chair.
The remains of the local synagogue seem to be part of the synagogue of Severus, a building that was set up between the years 337-286 BC, during the period when the Sanhedrin was present in Tiberias. The synagogue was so called due to Greek lettering found at the site. The synagogue has a mosaic floor, the earliest-dating mosaic floor of all those revealed in ancient synagogues in Israel.
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