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Tiberias (Israel)

Iriyat Tverya, Municipality of Teberias

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[Municipality of Tiberias (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 30th October 1958

See also:

Other sites:

  • Tiberias at the Catholic Encyclopedia website


Tverya is known in English as Tiberias, after the Roman emperor Tiberius Caesar, and nicknamed city of the Kinnereth is situated in the east shore of Kinnereth Sea (Sea of Galilee). Established about 2,000 years ago and got 40,000 inh. This town, with its antiques and resorts, is a municipality since 1948.
Dov Gutterman
, 14 October 2001

Petit Larousse Illustré says that Tiberias (in French, Tibériade), was founded in year 18 AD, on the shore of the Lake of Genesareth, also called Lake of Tiberias or Sea of Galilee. After the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, Tiberias became an important center of the Jewish national and intellectual life. Modern Tiberias is located slightly north of the ancient city. Tiberius Julius Caesar was emperor from 14 to 37.
Ivan Sache
, 15 October 2001

Ivan Sache suggested, I guess Genesareth is an approximate rendition of Kinnereth. Not so, Gennosar is a name of another ancient city on the lake shore not far from today Kibbutz Gennosar, north to Tiberias.
Dov Gutterman
, 16 October 2001

Around 20 A.D, Herod Antipas, the son of the infamous King Herod, decided to build a new city in honor of his friend Tiberius Julius Caesar and named it Teberias. Later it replace Jerusalem as the Jewish center, and the Jerusalem Talmud was written in Tiberias. The town survived wars, change of governments and earthquakes (last one in 1837 ruined all the town). Tiberias old city (and today city center) are situated about 200 meters below sea level.
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Dov Gutterman, 20 April 2005


Most flags are white (I also spotted green) with blue emblem and inscription below. The municipal emblem was published in the official gazette (Rashumot, Yalkut ha-Pirsumim), YP 631, 30 October 1958, in the first batch of emblems. Sources: author's own observation, 2 October 2001.
Dov Gutterman
, 14 October 2001

According to the municipal site, until 1957 the municipality used an emblem that was a 1950' modification of the municipal seal during the Mandate era which was adopted in the 1930'. For adopting a new emblem, a contest was announced and on 19 December 1957 it was decided abot winning propsal: "beauti of a city" which was designed by Gide'on Keich of Kefar Gil'adi. The emblem shows the Kinnereth Sea, Tiberias hot springs and the old and the new city.
The emblem appeared on a stamp issued on 2 February 1966.
Dov Gutterman, 22 June 2007

Flag Variant

[Municipality of Tiberias, green field (Israel)]
image by Dov Gutterman | 2:3
Emblem adopted 21st September 1960

The Emblem

[Municipality of Tiberias (Israel)]
image from wikipedia