Years After its Closure: Ein Bikura is Open for Visitors

It took more than 4 years, but the news are finally here: Ein Bikura is again open for travelers at the Sataf site. Ein Bikura (Ein a-Sharkia) is one of the most active streams at the Jerusalem Mountains, and its opening is an exciting news for travelers in Israel.
To get the best of this natural site, the residents of Sataf took two primary actions: first, they built a channel along the layer, which carries the water. Then, in a huge construction project, the covered the channel and created a dark aqueduct. The giant stone wall at the front of the aqueduct, which hides the water flow, is part of the same project. Second, at the foot of the spring, they built a water collection pool. During the night, water were collected in the pool, and in the following day, the water could be turned to the irrigated land.
The spring has a long history. For example, clay links discovered in the pool walls are speculated to have been used by the Romans for reproduction of fishes.
The water of the Ein Bikura are collected in a large pool. A staircase near the pool goes down to the aqueduct. A flashlight is required, since the aqueduct is completely dark. Walking in the area should be slow and careful, with extra caution when reaching natural and wet stairs on the way to the spring's tunnel. The water are flowing from the walls, and sharp-eyed visitors will notice stalactites and stalagmites.
Anat Gold, Head of KKL-JNF's Central Region: "After a long period of work, the beautiful historical spring has re-opened for visitors, who can now visit the site. We thank everyone who made it possible."