Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery

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Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery in Haifa, Israel is beautifully situated in the Stella Maris road on the slope of Mt. Carmel that can be reach by foot or cable car. Standing across the street from the Old Light House, with an outstanding view of the sea and the ensemble of buildings like the Lighthouse called Stella Maris.

During the Crusader occupation, groups of the religious anchorite began to dwell the caves of this area in imitation of the Elijah the Prophet during the 12th century and they were organized into the carmelite order within a few hundred years. Stella Maris Lighthouse and Carmelite Monastery construction was started in 1836. At the beginning, a monastery complex on this site act as a hospital for Napoleon’s soldier during his unsuccessful beleaguer of Akko in 1799.

The Stella Maris Church is perfectly structured with dazzling Italian marble that is so brightly and brilliantly patterned that tourists sometimes taught that the walls have been painted. A souvenir shop and museum with monument from the byzantine church. You can also stroll at the Bat Galim Beach Promenade along the Mediterranean or just simply have a great time at the waterfront restaurants.

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