The town of Jotopata, located approximately 18 kilometers north of Nazareth, was destroyed by the Romans in 66 AD and never resettled. Jotopata is one of the closest neighbors to 1st Century Nazareth, with similar topography – situated on a limestone hill surrounded by valleys. Although only a fraction of its ruins have been excavated, they illustrate how bedrock was profiled for house construction, leveling out areas for floors while leaving raised partitions to carry the walls and minimize the need for construction.

Michael Hostetler, the first director of Nazareth Village standing by the ruins of a first century house in Jotopata

Mikveh, a ritual bath, at Jotopata


Cistern at Jotopata