2500 years ago, in the greek city of Helliocarnasus, south-west Turkey, there
was a king, Mausolos II. He was not a great king, but was not neglectible
either. He enlarged his city, and built a nice port fot ships. Like all kings,
this one also had a wife, Artemisia II. But, and this is a big "but", she
loved him !! After he died she though he deserves a big tomb. Artemisia II
hired the best architects to built an enormous tomb, with piramides, a carriage
and horses, and a long line of columns. In the ancient world this was
one of the great seven miracles. From that day on, every big tomb was called
after the tomb of Mausolos: Mausoleum.
We also have a Mausoleum in Israel: MAZOR. It's a two floor building, standing
almost as a whole since the Roman period. In the Arab period it was considered
the tomb of "Nebi Yichya", and therefore it was well conserved through the
years. No one knows who was the great man who deserved such a big tomb. But
the fact is that the excavations found remains of coffins. In the courtyard
there are two or three water sources.
How to get there:
Well, thet's the easy part. You can get there either from Rosh Ha'ain, or
from Ben-Shemen. The Mausoleum is just in the middle of the road.
By the way, the new planned road KVISH HOTZE ISRAEL is planned to cut this
spot of it's peaceful surroundings. Some of you insisted that I remind that...
Please have a look at the picture:
Have a nice time.