Hyrcania was an ancient fortress in the Judean Desert. The site was rebuilt during the Byzantine period as a monastery called Kastellion. The site is located on an isolated hill about 200 m above the Hyrcania valley, on its western edge.

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Tourist attraction
The Holy Lavra of Saint Sabbas, known in Syriac as Mar Saba, is a monastery… is situated 3½ km southwest of Hurkania. Photo: Deror avi, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The Palestine Exploration Fund is a British society based in . is situated 8 km east of Hurkania.

Archaeological site
The Laura of Euthymius was a laura in the present-day founded by Saint Euthymius the Great in 420. is situated 9 km north of Hurkania.

Localities in the Area

Kedar is a religiously observant, rural Israeli settlement in the . is situated 7 km northwest of Hurkania. Photo: Deror avi, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Ovnat is a small Israeli settlement in the on the western shore of the , about 7 km south of Kalya and 12 km north of . is situated 8 km southeast of Hurkania. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.


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