Sunday, October 18, 2009


The Cave of Eliyahu HaNavi, zachor l'tov

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

Passing through Haifa recently, I was able to briefly visit Marat Eliyahu, the cave of Eliyahu HaNavi (Elijah the biblical prophet) where tradition says he hid out before confronting the priests of baal on Mt. Carmel.

The cave is in the side of the mountain, with an ancient building around it.

The outside entrance.
Cave of Elijah - Eliyahu

In to the cave.
Cave of Elijah - Eliyahu

The cave is square with a room like indentation on the left, and an alcove like indentation in the front. Strangely the walls have some ancient graffiti carved into the stone in Greek. (?)
Cave of Elijah - Eliyahu

It's pretty musty in there. There's a water channel on the left wall, maybe for drainage during the winter. Because of the air, not a place I'd hang out - though others apparently disagree.
Cave of Elijah - Eliyahu

Many times one may wonder is this really what we think it is, is there really such a tradition and history to this place? These next pictures from the past say definitely yes...
Cave of Elijah - Eliyahu

Cave of Elijah - Eliyahu


Devorah said...

Thanks for the photos. We can get a feel of it even if we can't actually get to it.

yaakov said...

Yasher Koach Reb Akiva, this is great. have not seen these photos. it definitely gives us a feel for it.
things like this, and your video of shmuel hanavi's kever help us who haven't been there to 'experience' it and it helps our chizuk to go.
thank you!

Neil Harris said...

These photos were great. I can't wait to show my son who is in 4th grade.

Christopher Darrin Horn said...

Really neat. On the old photo it looks like soot on the wall and ceiling. Cool place!

Neshama said...

Another masterpiece of phototaking by Reb Akiva.

Thank you very much for bringing us closer to Eretz HaKodesh.

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