Tours in Sussita (Hippos)
As the sun peeks over the Golan Heights, casting long shadows across the Sea of Galilee, set off on a journey to Sussita (Hippos), an ancient city frozen in time. The road snakes up a hill, anticipation building with every turn.
Sussita, also known as Hippos, was once a bustling metropolis. Founded in the 2nd century BCE, it thrived as part of the Decapolis, a league of ten Greco-Roman cities. But time, like a relentless sculptor, has chipped away at its grandeur. Now, weathered stones whisper tales of a glorious past.
We enter through the Roman city gate, stepping into a time capsule. Cobbled streets wind between the ruins of temples, bathhouses, and theaters. Each fallen column, each crumbling arch, speaks of a civilization that once pulsed with life.
Our feet tread on mosaic floors, their colorful tesserae dulled by centuries. Imagine toga-clad citizens bustling through the agora, haggling over olives and spices. Or picture gladiators clashing in the arena, the roar of the crowd echoing through the valley.
We climb to the acropolis, the highest point of the city. The Sea of Galilee stretches out before us, a shimmering expanse under the azure sky. From here, Roman emperors surveyed their domain, feeling invincible like Zeus atop Mount Olympus.
As the sun dips below the horizon, painting the sky in fiery hues, we reluctantly turn back. Sussita, bathed in the golden light, seems to sigh a farewell. We leave with a treasure trove of memories, echoes of history clinging to our footsteps.
Sussita is not just a collection of ruins; it’s a portal to the past. A place where imagination bridges the gap between then and now. So, if you ever find yourself near the Sea of Galilee, take a trip to Sussita. Let the stones speak to you, and feel the heartbeat of a bygone era.