Nablus, also known as the “Uncrowned Queen of Palestine” or ‘the small Damascus”, is situated 60 km north of Jerusalem, between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. As one of Palestine’s largest cities, Nablus has lots to offer. The city is famous for its sweets, traditional olive oil soap, and busy markets. Nablus is also considered as the home of the Palestinian industry and commerce. Among the main attractions in Nablus are Jacob’s Well and the Old City of Nablus.
Nablus’ rich history lies in its Old City with its distinct stone facades, beautiful architecture, narrow streets and old urban spaces. The population of the old city today numbers around 20,000. There are two churches, twelve mosques, and a Samaritan synagogue in and around the densely populated residential areas.
The areas in and around Nablus are also filled with sites to visit with many landmarks, such as: Nabulsi Soap, Jacob’s Well (The first church built on this site dates back to the end of the 4th century. The well inside the church forms the centerpiece of the crypt beneath the high altar),Mount Gerizim -The Samaritans,Sebastia Village (Around 12 km northwest of Nablus ),Tell Balata and the old city of Nablus.
The relatively temperate Mediterranean climate brings hot, dry summers and cool, rainy winters to Nablus. Spring arrives around March–April and the hottest months in Nablus are July and August with the average high being 29.6 °C (85.3 °F).
An-Najah National University: is a Palestinian non-governmental public university governed by a board of Trustees. It is located in Nablus, in the northern West Bank. The university has 22,000 students and 300 professors in 19 faculties. It is the largest Palestinian university.
An-Najah National University Hospital was established in 2013 in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at An-Najah National University. The Hospital is considered one of Palestine’s leading institutions in the field of health care. Since the establishment of An-Najah’s Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1999, the university has achieved numerous accomplishments in terms of medical care and health sciences, most recent of which is establishing Najah National University Hospital in Nablus.
Host family (if available by the time of your exchange)
- One hot meal per working day .
- Also during weekends you will be hosted by a palestinian family to taste the traditional food of palestinians.
- All facilities will be provided in the flat, but you may need to wash your clothes in a dryclean, which you can easily find, also bring you towel and personal stuff with you.
Anywhere in Nablus, you can find a public taxis that can transport you between the city, or directly to the center of the town and from where you can go to any part of the city.
Mobile apps such as : Kareem and Rocab are also available for private taxis.
Mount Gerizim’s Samaritan community
Venture up Mount Gerizim and observe the Samaritan community settled there. The Samaritans live quiet lives atop this mountain. These Samaritans have lived alongside the Muslims of Nablus for hundreds of years, and their lifestyle is quite remarkable. According to the Samaritans of Gerizim, theirs is the true religion of the ancient Israelites. Remarkably, of the approximately 700 Samaritans remaining today, just under half live on Mount Gerizim. The Samaritans also maintain the oldest language on the planet, Ancient Hebrew, and keep it alive. The views from the mountain are wonderful, and the Samaritan museum is very informative.
In the heart of Nablus’s Old City, you can experience true Palestinian culture. The bazaar is full of hustle and bustle, with shop after shop lining the walls with brilliant deals. This is the ideal place to pick up authentic souvenirs, to buy falafel makers and enormous pans and dishes. They sell everything you could possibly imagine needing in an Arabic home, so that you can feel like a local of Nablus even when you return to your home country.
Sama Nablus is a park situated at the top of Ebal Mountain, which boasts some of the best views in the city. To make the most of this unique viewing spot, go to the top just before sunset, and watch it go down behind the Gerizim mountain opposite. This is a truly beautiful sight. The views across the city itself are also very memorable. At night, the city is lit up with colors and is unforgettably beautiful. This modern beauty is set against the natural beauty of the mountain and makes for something quite unusual.