Elijah's Cave is located opposite the Carmelite Monastery on Allenby Street. It is one of the most famous and important caves for members of monotheistic faiths, significant for Jews, Christians, Muslims and Druze.
According to tradition, the prophet Elijah hid in a cave when fleeing from the wrath of King Ahab of Israel. Few historical sources identify the exact location of the cave and belief that this is the cave is based on tradition.
Muslims refer to the cave as "el-Hadra" meaning "the green" as Elijah is referred to by them as "the green prophet".
Christians established a monastery above the cave, devoted to the Carmelite order and Elijah, their admired saint.
Druze Arabs also regard the cave as a holy place.
In the time of the British Mandate the property belonged to the Muslim Waqf and only when Israel was liberated was it returned to Jewish hands and since then has been maintained by the Authority for Holy Sites.
The walls of the cave are covered with writing left by pilgrims and even by a Roman soldier by the name of Germanous.
People come here in order to pray, celebrate religious rites of passage, learn holy texts and contemplate.
address: Allenby Road
Open Hours: : July-August Sun-Thu 08:00-18:00, Fri 08:00-12:45, Rest of the year Sun-Thu 08:00-17:00, Fri 08:00-12:45.
Categories : Attractions
I thought it was quite a shame that the site is poorly looked-after. This is a missed gem that could be a central tourist attraction in Haifa..."chaval" as they say in Israel..
Was here a few months ago and was quite an experience. The place was full of Spanish visitors, a beggar lady who blesses those who give her money as passionately as she curses those who don't...the place has a special feel about it- even if this is not the original Elijah's Cave, it is a lovely place to sit, reflect and pray. The prayers on the partition wall that divides the place into "men" and "women" has many suggestions if you're short on ideas of things to pray for. on leaving a group of south americans asked if i'd like to take part in burying the foreskin of one of the groups' participant's sister's baby- i politely declined and later learned that this is quite an accepted practice. interesting.
To be honest it was bit of a let-down. All the signs are in Hebrew and as non-religious people we felt out of place as visitors seemed to be in deep prayer. outside of the cave, we took stairs that led up to a viewpoint and old windmill that had been converted into a church. Really a shame- Elijah is a figure who is important to all three of the main monotheistic religions and we thought it a pity that more isn't done to make the site tourist-friendly.