Caesarea Philippi is the place mentioned in the Bible where Jesus asked his disciples who they say he is. The 16th chapter of the book of Matthew states that Simon Peter, one of his disciples, answered saying that he is "the Christ the Son of the living God".
Caesarea Philippi is located at the Hermon Stream (Banias) Nature Reserve in the north of Israel. There are four walking trails to choose from, ranging between 45 and 90 minutes. The trails pass the Banias Springs, Temple of Pan, Roman Bridge, Matroof Flour Mill and Banias Waterfall.
The Temple of Pan was constructed after the conquest of Alexander the Great in 332BC as a place of worship to the god Pan who lived in nature. Later, in 2BC, Philip made the region his capital and called it Caesarea Philippi.
The Banias Waterfall is the largest waterfall along the Hermon Stream. It is ten metres in height and cascades vigorously for all to enjoy. Although raining heavily on the day we were there and walking in the slippery muddy paths wasn't exactly what we expected, the waterfall was splendid.
Visiting hours are from 8am to 3pm every day. Entrance fee is NIS28 per adult and NIS14 per child. Entry is also included in the Israel Nature and Parks Authority Subscription.